The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to be managing the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) 2020-2021 Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) for First Nations schools.?The Co-op Program activities are for students in grades 7 to 12 who are enrolled in and attending a First Nations school and who are ordinarily resident on reserve.

Please note: As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, FNESC is committed to continuing supports for First Nations and to adapt program delivery approaches to reflect the current situation. Please consult the COVID-19 Recommendations & Support in the program guidelines for more information to assist in the proposal process during these unprecedented times.

Please submit your proposal by Friday, September 11, 2020 by email to?reception@fnesc.ca or by fax to 604-925-6097.

Cooperative Education Resources, 2020-2021

  1. 2020-2021 Co-op Guidelines
  2. 2020-2021 Co-op Proposal Template

Objectives

The program has the following objectives:

  • to promote the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
  • to support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nations youth such as communication skills, problem solving and working with others
  • to introduce youth to a variety of career options
  • to support the provision of mentored school-based work and study opportunities such as co-operative education and internships
  • to help First Nation youth overcome barriers to employment

Expected Results

Key expected results of the Co-op are:

  • enhanced employability skills for participating First Nations youth
  • increased awareness of the benefits of education
  • enhanced ability to make employment-related decisions
  • improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • increased ability of First Nations youth to participate in the labour market

Activities

The key activities of Co-op are:

  • training experiences that support youth in acquiring skills needed for work placements
  • career development information, including awareness and support activities like career fairs and leadership projects
  • career planning and counselling activities

Program Support

See full details in the Program Guidelines or contact 604-925-6087 programs@fnesc.ca?if you have any questions.

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