Employer Requirements

What is Expected of Employers

  • Challenging assignments and projects.
  • Sufficient training and supervision.
  • Fair compensation; see the salary survey for guidelines.
  • An opportunity for the co-op coordinator to conduct a visit on-site. 
  • Willingness to review the student's work term report.
  • A written evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the work term.
Supervisor's Role
  • Arrange orientation, training and work space for the student.
  • Outline the student’s responsibilities, tasks and projects.
  • Share information about your organization’s policies and practices, including those related to hours of work.
  • Discuss your expectations, including your supervisory style and how you would like communication to be managed between you and the student.
Health and Safety
Meet occupational health regulations and ensure that co-op students are trained in your organization’s health and safety policies, including those related to WHMIS and personal protective equipment, if applicable.

Learning Objectives
Students are responsible for developing learning objectives, discussing them with you and  sending them to their co-ordinator.

Work Term Visit
Your co-ordinator will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with you for approximately 15 minutes and with the student for about 30 minutes, to assess how the work term is progressing, review the student’s learning objectives and ensure you are satisfied with the student’s performance.

Work Term Report
Students on a first work term complete a written report which is normally shared with other co-op students to assist in their career research. We ask you to review the report and release it to the student’s co-op co-ordinator. A faculty member will evaluate the report and we will make it accessible to other co-op students, unless you deem the report to be confidential.

Performance Evaluation
We will send you a link to an online evaluation form for each student you hire and ask you to complete the evaluation and share it with your student. Co-op students at Laurier must meet performance expectations; we will review the status of those whose performance satisfactory and they may be removed from the program.

Students perform best when expectations are clear and they receive regular feedback. We appreciate your efforts to provide an effective learning environment and an opportunity for the student to improve by identifying performance issues, providing additional training if necessary and by explaining where corrective action is required. 

Please contact the Co-op Office immediately if you have any concerns.

Co-operative Education Tax Credit
We will send you a letter at the end of the work term for each eligible Laurier co-op student you hire and you may print the letter for use as a tax receipt when claiming the Co-operative Education Tax Credit.

Canadian Association for Co-operative Education
The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) provides guidelines on recruiting ethics.
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