The BC First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to be managing the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Cooperative Education Program for First Nations schools.  Cooperative Education Program activities are for students in grades 7 to 12 in First Nations schools.

Cooperative Education Resources, 2017-2018

Program Guidelines

Proposal Application – Due July 14, 2017, 4:30 pm

Final Report Template – Due March 16, 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 a collective Coding Workshop for First Nations Schools (travel expenses)
  2. Implementing a Maker Club Orientation / Maker Club Activity ($5,000 maximum)
  3. Funding a Youth Discover the Trades Event ($4,000 maximum)
  4. Implementing a Comprehensive Cooperative Education Program

Program Support

See full details in the Program Guidelines or contact us at 604-925-6087 if you have any questions.

Technical Support

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