Employment Services 

We know finding employment in Canada is important. That’s why Fanshawe makes it easier for students by offering on-site employment services that are at no additional cost to you. 

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Co-op Education  

Co-operative Education, also known as "Co-op," integrates academic learning and paid work experience. Students alternate between academic terms (studying and attending classes) and work terms (at a job site working for a company). 


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Why should I take a co-op program? 

  • Learn effective job search skills in Canada! 
  • Gain valuable, hands-on Canadian work experience! 
  • Develop a network of professionals in your chosen field! 
  • Earn income between study terms! 

How do I apply for a co-op program? 

  • Obtain a Co-operative Education Work Permit – required to legally work in Canada on your work terms. The permit is only valid for your co-op work terms; 
  • Obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN) – required to legally get paid. Visit a Service Ontario location to apply for this number. 

Am I guaranteed a co-op job? 

No. You must conduct a personal job search to get a co-op job. A co-op work term is different than a placement. The co-op fee that you pay as part of your tuition pays for the services offered through the Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services department to assist you in finding a co-op job, it doesn't pay for a job. 

Will I have help to find a co-op job? 

Yes. A Co-op Consultant from the Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services department is available to guide and assist you in your job search. 

What is expected of me as a co-op student? 

You must meet the academic eligibility requirements set for your program. In addition, you must: 

  • Successfully complete the pre-employment workshop (COOP-1020); 
  • Conduct your own job search (apply to several relevant jobs to increase your chances for success); 
  • Successfully complete the health and safety training required; 
  • Use the services and resources offered through the Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services department.