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Child and Youth Worker

Contact the cooperative education teacher at your high school for information.

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Mohawk College (Fennell Campus) and local school boards have partnered to offer this opportunity for students who want to pursue a career as a Child and Youth Worker.

This program combines instruction in high school and at Mohawk College and provides a Co-operative Education placement working with children. It is offered in Semester 2 and is open to students in their graduating year with a minimum of 26 credits.

Career as a Child and Youth Worker 

As a Child and Youth Worker, you encourage change in children and youth who are experiencing a range of learning, social, emotional, or behavioural challenges in their
lives. As a Child and Youth Worker, you work in schools and hospitals or in residential, institutional, or community-based settings.

In this program, students complete three (4) credits towards a Child and Youth Worker Certificate of Apprenticeship by attending classes at Mohawk College every Tuesday and Thursday. Upon graduation, students are encouraged to continue their apprenticeship training at Mohawk College.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and in your graduating year
  • Be in your final semester of Grade 12 with a minimum of 24 credits
  • Have an interest in working with children with social and emotional challenges
  • Be in good academic standing, including completion of all compulsory courses
    required for your Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Be willing to attend Mohawk College and a Co-operative Education placement
    in Semester 2

A limited number of spaces are available.

Program components include:

  • Pre-employment orientation and integration sessions at the home school
  • A Co-operative Education placement in an educational setting where students assist children with special needs in the classroom and support children with daily living activities
  • Two days per week at Mohawk College to continue their apprenticeship
    in-school training

Program Credits/Certification:

  • Earn 4 high school credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Earn college credits toward a Child and Youth Worker Certificate of Apprenticeship

A Guidance Counsellor or Co-operative Education teacher must help you to complete an application form for the Accelerated Program and submit all required documents.

Mohawk College Child and Youth Worker Apprenticeship Program Schedule

  • Classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-3:30.
  • There will be an orientation on the first day of classes prior to the start of your first course.
  • CYW Apprenticeship Coordinator – Phone number (905) 575-1212 


Child and Youth Worker Apprenticeship Program Schedule

Level One - Blocks 6 to 11 
(Sept. to January)

Level One - Blocks 1-5
(February to June)

 Principles of Human Behaviour  Preparation for Field Placement
 Residential Treatment  Introduction ot Child and Youth Work
 Introduction to Family Development  Developmental Issues in Childhood and Adolescence
 Group Interaction in Child and Youth Worker  Counselling and Communication
 School Based Child and Youth Worker  Childhood Disorders
 Psychopathology in Childhood