The Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program aims to connect student classroom learning with valuable work experience, preparing students for a successful career ahead of them
What is a co-op placement?
A co-op placement is a partnership between a student, an employer and the educational institution. The success of the Co-op partnership is dependent upon a mutual commitment from all parties. It is a paid work experience that can earn a student 3 credit hours for completing at least 420 hours with a participating employer – these hours must be completed within the 4-month academic term.
Placements can be within academia, the non-profit sector, the agriculture or agri-food industry or the government, but the employer needs to be made aware that it is a co-op placement as early as possible.
The Faculty’s Cooperative Education coordinator acts as a liaison between the student, the employer and any involved academic staff. He/she promotes employer listings to students, monitors students’ commitment to their placements and conducts the evaluations.
PLEASE NOTE: As of May 2020, the Faculty’s Co-op Program no longer offers Fall co-op placements. Students who wish to do a co-op placement in Winter term must be accepted into the program as of October 31st of that same academic year. Students who are applying to the co-op program that fall are not guaranteed acceptance into the program as intake for new co-op students will continue until the deadline in January; students may not be approved until after the application deadline.
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Joining the Co-op Program is a commitment. Here's what you will need to get started.
To be considered for admission in the Cooperative Education Program, a first year diploma student must:
Students are advised that satisfying the entrance requirements does not guarantee a place in the Cooperative Education Program. Acceptance into the program is dependant upon the student receiving a job placement through the Cooperative Education Office.
International Students: You will need to meet with someone at the International Centre first to discuss your work permit for the co-op placement before you contact our Co-op Coordinator. Please note that our Coordinator cannot provide advice on work or study permits.
Employment Term Requirements
The Cooperative Education Program is a five month program between the first and second year with a faculty-approved employer. Students are required to register in the employment term course and pay the fee prior to starting the employment term.
Please refer to the UM Calendar 2020-2021 for the most updated requirements for entering the Cooperative Education program.
The Co-op Program provides students with opportunities to:
Co-op Program Fees
Coop Program fees are assessed based on a per credit hour charge plus administrative fees that go towards student programming and services, as well as towards costs associated with running the program and the course.
|Program of Study||Fee per co-op work term|
|Agriculture Diploma||$ 796.70|
|Agricultural & Food Sciences||$ 796.70|
These fees are subject to change every year as they are reviewed on an annual basis. The increase from last year’s fees were simply because the generated revenue was not sufficient to cover the administrative costs associated with running the program and our coop courses. It is worth noting that the Faculty expends substantial resources to prepare students in skills such as resume writing, interviewing for positions, and enhancing other soft skills that will make their co-op terms a successful learning experience.
Participating in the Co-op Program is a commitment to enhance students' experiential learning. Students who are admitted to the program automatically become representatives of the faculty and are expected to adhere to set standards and expectations. The following is an non-exhaustive list of what we expect from Co-op students:
Pre-Placement (1-4 months prior to start of placement):
During Co-op Work Terms:
Attend an Information Session: Students who are interested to apply to the Co-op Program are encouraged to attend an orientation session. This session will cover the following topics:
To register, you must have access to the Faculty's module in careerCONNECT to view/register for events in the calendar. Refer to Steps 1 & 2 below for more information.
Get the following documents/information ready:
After you've completed the pre-application process, follow the steps below to apply to the Co-op Program:
Step 1. Create a student account on careerCONNECT.
All Co-op Job Postings, events, and opportunities will be posted in the Faculty's Co-op module within careerCONNECT. Students can now log-in to the system using their UM student email (UMnetID@myumanitoba.ca) and password they use to access their webmail.
Ensure that you have access to the platform prior to completing the next steps. If you forgot your password and/or are unable to access your existing account, contact us for additional support.
LOG-IN TO careerCONNECT
Step 2. Complete and Submit a Co-op Module Access Request
Once you have successfully created and/or accessed your careerCONNECT account, complete and submit a request to view/access the Agriculture Co-op Program module. The formal application form to apply to the Co-op Program is only accessible once you confirm access to the module.
Step 3. Complete a Co-op Program Application Form
After gaining access to the Co-op Program module in careerCONNECT, you must complete a formal application form for the work-term that you wish to secure a placement for. Completing this step formally admits you to our system and will allow you access to our exclusive events, postings, and other features.
Step 4. Complete the Student Onboarding Program
Student applicants are encouraged to complete the student onboarding program prior to the start of their work-term placements. This program is designed to help students prepare for the application and placement procress, which includes the following steps:
To register for these events and workshops, you must log-in to careerCONNECT and access the official AgCo-op Calendar.
Step 5. Submit applications for Co-op Jobs.
At this point, you are now equipped and ready to submit complete, tailored applications to individual Co-op jobs. You are encouraged to apply for more than one (1) posting to ensure that you secure a placement prior to your specified start date.
Students can also turn a non-co-op position (max. 4 month term) into a co-op placement if the employer (including the supervisor) commits to participating in the required activities of co-op, including goal-setting and student evaluations. Students should consult with the Co-op Coordinator prior to talking with an employer about a co-op placement if they are unsure about whether or not the employer will be open to participating in the co-op program requirements.
Step 6. Schedule a job interview
Successful candidates will be contacted by employers to schedule job interviews. While timely follow-ups are necessary in confirming interview appointments, students are discouraged from sending multiple emails and spamming the employers.
If you are having issues contacting prospective employers, please contact the Co-op Coordinator.
Note: It is recommended that you practice and thoroughly prepare for your interview. Appointments for one-on-one Mock Interviews are limited to students who have secured an interview date and time. Ensure that you give yourself some time to prepare for an interview.
Step 7. Register for a Co-op Course
Students who have secured a co-op placement must register for a co-op course in order to obtain the credit. This can be done up to two (2) weeks before the start of your work placement term. Note: Special permission to register for these courses is required.
As part of the course, all registered students must participate in a mandatory orientation that introduces the course instructor and participants. The co-op courses are offered online on UM Learn and are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Co-op Courses (in progression) are as follows:
Students will earn their co-op designation (indication on their parchment at graduation) with the completion of at least two co-op placements. Full credit hours are required for completion.
Step 8. Pay associated Co-op fees
Students with secured work placement and co-op course registrations are required to pay associated course fees for each Co-op Work Term. Failure to pay fees may result in an account hold, a Fail mark for the course, or the cancellation of the work placement.
FAFS Co-op Program
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University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada