Training and Career Development
On Co-op offers Training and Co-operative Career Development services in addition to our CMC, CYL, All 4 Each, Co-ops in the Classroom and e-Learning programs. These services range from coaching and consulting, to implementing a wage-supplemented internship program and developing a youth position on your co-op's board of directors.
Training & Consulting Services
The Ontario Co-operative Association offers a range of consulting, learning and professional development solutions for youth, members, board, staff or senior leaders. Depending on scope and budget, sessions can be fully customized or adapted from our vast library.
OUR TEAM: Our team includes skilled educators, communicators and co-op developers. Our staff offer practical, real-world solutions and assist you in realizing your development, governance and learning objectives.
OUR METHODS: On Co-op provides individual or group learning opportunities for emerging, existing or expanding co-operatives. Sessions are delivered in our relaxed, professional style through e-learning, lunch-n-learns, coaching/mentoring sessions, classrooms, workshops or retreats. Phone support and emergency solutions are also available.
OUR STYLE: Sessions are delivered in our relaxed, professional style through e-learning courses, lunch-n-learns, coaching/mentoring sessions, classrooms, workshops or retreats. Phone support, general information and emergency solutions are also available.
On Co-op presents informative and engaging workshops and lunch-and-learns for groups of all sizes on topics ranging from "Co-ops 101," to conflict resolution, to meeting facilitation and beyond. Other consulting services are also available, including:
- Holding effective meetings
- Effective boards or governance training for board or board-liaison staff members
- Member engagement
- Defining board & management roles
- Strategic or operational planning
- Event planning (e.g., AGMs, Conferences, Queen's Park Receptions)
- Ontario’s legislative environment
- Co-op knowledge refreshers (including Co-ops 101 or 201)
- AGM, member or board meeting Chairing/Facilitation
- Youth engagement and leadership
- The colourful history of co-ops
- Co-op conversions
- Internship applications and recruitment
- Career development
For more information visit s.coop/trainingandconsulting or contact our staff (see info below).
On Co-op also partners with co-ops to develop leadership and communication skills in young adults, and can mentor your organization in providing meaningful roles for youth engagement in your governance structure. On Co-op partners with co-ops to deliver: (1) The All 4 Each program, a suite of lesson plans that promote the co-op enterprise model in high school classes; and (2) Ontario’s Co-operative Young Leaders program, linking youth with co-ops in their community. CYL develops leadership and communication skills through fun and engaging co-operative activities.
On Co-op, with the Schulich School of Business, also presents the part-time 6-month Co-operative Management Certificate Program to provide specialized co-op knowledge to your organization’s leaders.
Development of a Youth Director Position
Empower a young person (18-24 years old) to assist in the governance of your organization. This is anything but a token youth initiative! A voting-member board position reserved for youth in your co-op or credit union is a great way to foster a young person’s life-long co-operative learning, by giving them the same responsibilities and obligations as any other board member. In turn, your board benefits from a valuable youth perspective. On Co-op can consult with you to develop guidelines and terms of reference for the position as well. For more information visit s.coop/consulting or contact our staff (see info below).
Co-operative Internship Program
Since 2007, the Co-operative Internship Program (CIP) has provided close to 200 post-secondary graduates with an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in the co-operative sector. In partnership with Service Canada, eligible candidates participated in a 26-week paid internship with member and MOMO co-op organizations across the province. Many of these intern graduates are still employed in the co-op sector!
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: 2015/16 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Unfortunately, it has recently come to our attention that Service Canada's application requirements and criteria have changed dramatically, making it very difficult for On Co-op to apply for future funding. Namely:
- Hosts are now required to pay a minimum of 50% for the interns' wages over the course of the internship (up from a $2 - $3 wage subsidy);
- There is an expectation that 80% of the interns are gainfully employed at the end of their 6-month placements; and
- Funding applicants must apply for a minimum of 8 interns
For these main reasons, On Co-op has decided not to apply for funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Should there be changes to these criteria in the future, we will re-evaluate this position.
Due to our considerable expertise in applying for this type of grant, we are able to offer consulting services on a fee-for-service basis to any organization (i.e., Member, MOMO or Non-Member), that may want to proceed with applying for funding with Service Canada for their own internship program.