Are you a foreign-trained professional?
Do you have a professional degree and experience from your home country?
Do you need Canadian work experience?
Do you already have strong English skills (CLB 6 or higher)?
The Foreign Trained Professional Co-op Program will provide you the opportunity to:
- Develop job search skills, write a resume, practice interviewing skills and the ability to research a variety of companies for a planned learning experiential (co-op placement).
- Acquire the essential skills required for success in all types of businesses and industries. Focus on decision making, self-management and teamwork, conflict and negotiation, legislation governing workplace issues, organizational culture and diversity
- Learn effective business communication skills, social ethics and responsibility practiced in Canada
- Obtain valuable job training and experiences at an entry level unpaid co-op placement
- Develop skills necessary to network effectively and gain potential professional Canadian references.
- Earn four optional Ontario Secondary School Credits
Classroom Learning (7 weeks) - During classroom learning, learners will earn two credits simultaneously: GWL30 – Designing Your Future and ESLCO – ESL Level 3.
Designing Your Future (GWL30) covers job search related topics such as employability skills, labour market information, resume writing, networking, cover letters, references, occupational and company research, information interviews, portfolios, job interviews, work ethics, communication and assertiveness in the workplace, and Canadian culture as it relates to the work environment.
ESLCO further extends learners' skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday work, social, and academic purposes. Learners will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic and employment related vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the workplace. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and of the contributions of diverse groups to Canadian society. Learners will have the opportunity to learn and use English and non-verbal communication strategies appropriately in a variety of contexts (social, academic, career exploration, job search, business, and work).
Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and learners must be able to commit to these hours for the duration, with no exceptions. To ensure success in the program, learners need to be committed to their goals.
Unpaid Co-operative Education Placement (14 weeks)
The adult learners who have successfully completed the in-class portion of the program (i.e. obtain a passing mark in both the courses) will be eligible for a planned learning experience (co-op placement) related to their chosen profession.
The co-operative education program includes a classroom component, comprising preplacement and integration activities, and a placement component. The adult learn can earn co-operative education credits by integrating classroom theory with planned learning experiences in the community to achieve learning based on the curriculum expectations of the related course. Placements should provide the adult learner with opportunities to apply and extend their knowledge, and practice and refine the skills, acquired in the related course and to demonstrate achievement of placement expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards.
Unpaid Co-op Placement – The adult learner will research co-op placements in partnership with the teachers. To secure a placement the adult learner must be interviewed.
Courses are offered at the following two adult learning centres:
- Brian J. Fleming Catholic Adult Learning Centre
870 Queen Street West, Suite 100, Mississauga
- St. Gabriel Adult Learning Centre
3750 Brandon Gate Drive, Mississauga
Map of Locations
TERM 1: September 5, 2017 to October 26, 2017
TERM 2: October 27, 2017 to December 18, 2017
TERM 3: December 19, 2017 to February 22, 2018
TERM 4: February 23, 2018 to April 18, 2018
TERM 5: April 19, 2018 to June 11, 2018
TERM 6: June 12, 2018 to August 2, 2018
Registration for the Co-operative Education Program is by appointment only. You may schedule an appointment by calling 905-891-3034 (Brian J. Fleming) or 905-362-0701 (St. Gabriel), or by visiting the Adult Learning Centres. On your appointment date, we will register you for the next available Co-operative Education Program at that time.