- Some of the larger employers in Hamilton offer what we call “Central Placements” This means that the interviews for these positions are coordinated through the Public and Separate school board offices.
- Students may apply for positions using a separate form (along with the Westmount Co-op Application Package) and will attend a formal interview for placements.
- Placement descriptors are advertised for the upcoming semester just after mid-terms (i.e. mid-to-late November for Semester 2, mid-to-late April for Semester 1)
- Attend an Application Workshop Session to find out more about how to receive notifications about Central Placement descriptors (i.e. receive notification through Outlook email)
- Placements are not available with the organization outside of what they advertise (Come by the Co-op office to see what has been offered in previous semesters)
- Central Placements have set specific application due dates –if you miss their due date, your application will not be considered
- Once you have submitted an application, meet with your co-op teacher to go over interview preparations – this will be especially important since you may be interviewing against 4-5 other candidates from throughout the board for one available position!
- Organizations that are considered Central Placements include:
- Hamiton Health Sciences (MUMC, SPH, General, Chedoke, Juravinski)
- Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Charlton, West 5th, King Street)
- City of Hamilton
- Hamilton Police Services
- Cable 14
- Crown Attorney’s Office
- United Way
- Sheraton Hotel
- Idlewyld Manor
- Golden Horseshoe Aviation
- Theatre Aquarius (not currently offering placements)
- The Hamilton Spectator (not currently offering placements)
Using a Contact That You Already Have
Some Co-op students enter into the Application Process already knowing about a specific placement opportunity (Maybe they have already spoken to the employer? Maybe this is a contact from previous volunteer work? etc). If this is the case, the student will still need to go through the Westmount Application process (application, teacher references, meet with the co-op teacher, resume editing, etc.). The Co-op teacher will need to contact the employer to confirm the placement opportunity and complete a Placement Assessment. Be ready to provide the co-op teacher with the business name, contact name, contact info, etc.
Research Possible Placements
Talk to people working in places of interest to see if they would be interested in taking a co-op student on or learning more about the program. Even talking to a person who works in a similar field might help to give some ideas about possible placements. Bring a list of possible placement ideas with you when you meet the Co-op teacher!
Come and Talk to the Co-op Teacher
Come to meet your Co-op teacher and explain what kind of Co-op you are looking for. Even if you do not have an exact placement idea, be ready to talk about yourself and the kind of co-op you are looking to obtain (e.g. working with your hands, working outdoors, working with kids, working in the media, etc.). Your Co-op teacher knows a lot of excellent employers who have hosted co-op students in the past – and there may be an employer in the field that you are interested in!