Transferrable Skills

empl-skillsOne of the focal points of the Co-operative Education program is not only to gain career-specific experience, but also to develop skills that will be transferrable to school and any other working environment.

The Conference Board of Canada has published the following pamphlet on “Employability Skills 2000+” which outlines the skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to be successful in today’s workforce.


  • communicate
  • manage information
  • use numbers
  • think & solve problems


  • positive attitude & behaviour
  • responsible
  • adaptable
  • lifelong learner
  • work safely


  • work with others
  • participate in projects/tasks


For a full description of each set of skills, please visit:  Conference Board of Canada Employability Skills 2000+

Social media, ethics and your working career

ethics-social-media-boxes_234x350At our in-class session on Monday, we discussed the difference between personal and business ethics, and how these can sometimes conflict.  We then discussed a variety of examples where individuals lost their jobs because of a social media post.  Business Insider article available here

Ultimately, everyone should remember to keep privacy settings high and only post things that you would be comfortable with your grandmother and boss both viewing!

Online hour tracking: A good idea?

timeclockRecent discussions around the challenges of getting documentation for hours worked has led to some ideas about making a move to online hour reporting.  Some students are chronically late with submitting signed log sheets, which are necessary for tracking hours, ministry reporting and WSIB reporting.

Some questions include:

Will co-op employers be open to verifying student hours online?  Will students still be late completing and submitting  hours?  What is the best program to use?

Any feedback would be appreciated.


Job Trends

During our second in-class session  the class discussed job trends and the idea of a skills gap in Ontario and Canada.  The following articles were used for discussion:

Canada’s Best Jobs

Skills Gap Infographic from Conference Board of Canada

Entry level Jobs are getting harder to find – Maclean’s

Job Expectations for Millennials

Stereotypes in the workforce

Trades in the next decade

Trades could be a better bet than university

Semester 1 Employers

Many thanks for our employers in semester 1.  We rely on the support of our community to offer our students a wide variety of learning experiences.

  • Bob Smiberts Fitness Studio
  • Evolution Web Management
  • Fawcett Tractor
  • The Friendship Centre
  • Harris-Greig Automotive
  • Hubbard Pharmacy
  • JSB Construction
  • Karl Weselan Dentistry
  • Little Falls Public School
  • Lucky Dog
  • McCurdy Manufacturing
  • McIntosh Sports Performance and Rehabilitation
  • Pass It O
  • Radar Auto Parts
  • Reidhaven Farms
  • The Salvation Army
  • Shalimar
  • South Perth Centennial Public School
  • St. Marys D.C.V.I.
  • St. Marys Early Learning Centre
  • St. Marys Emporium
  • St. Marys Ford
  • St. Marys Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  • St. Marys Public Library
  • St. Marys Rentals
  • Stonetown Physiotherapy
  • The Chocolate Factory
  • The Flower Shop
  • The Independent Newspaper
  • Town of St. Marys – Human Resources