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Join us at Laurier

Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Roles and Expectations

Your Role as an Employer

As an employer, you should provide:

Your Role as a Supervisor

  • Arrange orientation, training and workspace for your 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, supervisory style and how you would like to communicate with the student.

Health and Safety

Meet occupational health regulations and train co-op students 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-op coordinator 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.
  • Ensure you are satisfied with the student’s performance.

Work Term Report

Students on a first work term complete a written report that we share 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 coordinator. A faculty member will evaluate the report and we will make it accessible to other co-op students, unless you deem the report 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 is not satisfactory and may remove them 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. If you have any concerns, contact the co-op office immediately.

Canadian Association for Co-operative Education

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

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