What is Co-op?
Co-operative education (Co-op) is one of the many types of work-integrated learning (WIL), which is defined by CEWIL Canada as "a form of curricular experiential education that formally integrates a student’s academic studies with quality experiences within a workplace or practice setting". Here at KPU, our Co-op programs provide students with valuable work experience in their field while also helping employers bring on skilled, enthusiastic talent to their organization.
How does hiring work?
The Co-op hiring process is designed to simulate the real world hiring process as much as possible. Employers are able to post their jobs on Career Connection, KPU's central job board. Students then apply for job on Career Connection once they have been accepted into their Co-op program and have completed COOP 1101, our standard student preparatory course for Co-op programs.
To learn more about how to post a job for Co-op students, please visit our How to Post a Co-op Job page.
What requirements apply to Co-op?
Because KPU is an accredited Co-op institution, we have certain requirements that student jobs and employers have to fulfill to be deemed eligible.
All Co-op jobs must be:
All Co-op employers must:
If you have any questions about these criteria, we are more than happy to chat with you and help ensure that your job posting and circumstances can fit within these requirements.
What do employers gain from Co-op?
Hiring a Co-op student isn't just beneficial to students - it's beneficial for your business too!
Our Co-op students are excited to gain valuable work experience that will compliment their academic studies. They are willing to fully apply themselves to the job using their knowledge gained in the classroom to the real life scenarios in the workplace.
"Joining Co-op was the best decision I ever made. Having completed three work terms, I developed key analytical and accounting skills to aid my personal development and confidence. Co-op allowed me to test the waters in both government organization and with the local employer, as well, it helped increase my professional network for job opportunities in the future. Co-op is such a valuable experience and will put you on top of the resumes stack when compared to all other students who just have a degree. What are you waiting for?" - Khuong Vu, KPU Accounting Co-op Student
"I love the fact that I got to make a difference in our society and environment every day of my Co-op work term. No matter how small my contributions are, I know that I am helping to change the way people think about our environment. now I get to bring the workshop and field experience and knowledge that I gained during my Co-op work term back to the classroom, enhancing my own education, as well as my classmates'" - Taylor Robbins, KPU EPT Co-op Student
Are you still unsure if a Co-op student could be a good fit for your company? Contact us!
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