The BC First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to be managing the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) Cooperative Education Program (COOP) for First Nations schools. The COOP 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.

Cooperative Education Resources, 2018-2019

2018-19 COOP Guidelines

2018 2019 COOP Proposal Form – Due June 25, 2018

Program Objectives

  • to promote the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
  • to support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills
  • to introduce youth to a variety of career options
  • to support the provision of school-based employment opportunities
  • to help First Nation youth overcome barriers to employment

Key Expected Outcomes/Results

  • enhanced employability skills for participants
  • 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 youth to participate in the labour market

Key Activities

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

Funding Program Options

  1. Participation in an Applied Design Skills and Technology PLC (travel expenses only)
  2. Implementing a Comprehensive Cooperative Education Program

Program Support

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