SECPAP Administration



Administration and delivery of SECPAP will occur through the Co-operative Education Services Centre (CESC); this will include notifying successful applicants, facilitating monthly payments, and maintaining SECPAP records. The CESC reserves the right to terminate any commitment made if the original proposals and objectives are not being met and reserves the right to inspect the work of the students and associated records.

Application Process

Interested applicants (i.e. employers) must complete in full and submit to the CESC a completed the current SECPAP application. Upon approval, applicants enter into Memorial University's co-operative education job competition process to find students suitable for their advertised position. Approved applicants are expected to:

  • Develop and maintain a work schedule for all co-op students;
  • Inspect and evaluate student progress both in terms of work term objectives and the development of skills, etc.;
  • Return a completed employer's portion of an appropriate work term evaluation to the co-operative education institution, in the middle and at the end of the work term. Feedback on the student’s performance is very important to the student and the success of current and future co-operative education experiences for students and employers.


CESC will pay directly to the employer a wage assistance of 50 percent of the actual wage paid, to a maximum subsidy of $7.50 per hour ($7.80 as of May 1, 2024), for each co-op student placement approved. The student must work a minimum of 35 hours per week for the employer to qualify for assistance. The assistance will not be paid for hours worked in excess of 35 hours per week for a maximum of 3 students per employer, per term. In addition, placements must range in duration of 12 and 16 weeks. 

It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that the students are paid at least the legislated minimum wage, and that the employer is paying at least 50% of the student's wage. In addition, the employer is responsible for paying the following mandatory deductions: vacation pay, unemployment insurance, Canada Pension Plan premiums, and Workers' Compensation costs if applicable. No reimbursements will be paid for other employee benefits such as dental, medical, etc. No assistance is available through this program for materials or administrative costs associated with the placement.

If you have any questions, please contact the CESC at 709-864-4484 or