Frequently Asked Questions
So, what is Co-op?
The mission of the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Cooperative Education Program is to enable all students to become skilled productive members of a global workforce, responsible and creative citizens, ready and able to engage in the activities of our technologically complex and diverse world.
We believe in the value of experience-based learning. Our goal is to engage students in a process of learning that links work experience with classroom knowledge. Basically, students experience at work what they have been taught in school.
We bridge the gap between education and employment.
We unite the classroom and the workplace in committed partnership with students, employers, and the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.
So, how does it work?
We’re designed to develop partnerships between industry and technical education, and enhance employability skills of our high school students.
How it works is as easy as 1,2,3.
- Employers contact us when they have positions that require a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- We provide qualified students, who have obtained 1,000 hours of shop experience, and who best fit their need.
- Our students begin their jobs. They agree to:
- work for pay on an alternative (every other week) schedule
- provide their own transportation
- follow all you business’ rules and expectations, just like your regular employees
- follow all the rules and regulations of our school and the Co-op program, for as long as they are in the program
So, who wins out?
The Bristol-Plymouth Co-op Program is an adventageous arrangement for both parties involved. Everyone wins.
Students get hands-on training in the real-world from industry professionals, while building their portfolios and industry confidence.
And employers benefit, too, as they:
- get eager workers, willing to learn
- receive individuals already versed in the language, procedures and technology of the industry
- recruit in an effective and profitable way
- give back to the community around them