Careers and Trades
Work Experience/Volunteer Opportunities Links below:
Career Information Spotlight Sessions
Generally an hour long presentation about a career area presented by a guest speaker. Students sign up for information sessions in the Career Centre. We are also interested in receiving suggestions for Spotlight Sessions.
A one or two day work experience that involves the student going to the employer’s job site and participating in daily tasks. Job shadows give the student a better understanding of the job.
Work Experience/Career Exploration
The Career Centre will place students in good standing at job sites for informational interviews, job shadows as well as 30 hour work placements. The school arranged work placements are non-paid. All of these work placement hours can be accumulated and used towards the 30 hours required for Grad Transitions and Work Experience 12A and 12B.
Work Experience 12A and 12B (WEX)
Work Experience 12A and 12B courses are offered to students in Grade 11 and 12 and provides 4 – 8 credits depending on the number of volunteer, paid and/or career exploration hours completed. A minimum of 90 hours of work experience, in school approved work placements are required for each course. Hours also may be used from your current job after registering for the course and completing a Paid Work Training Plan. As well as the hours spent within the work force, students must complete assignments on self-assessment, job seeking skills, career planning and post-secondary education and training.
Work Experience 12 is an excellent opportunity for those students who need credits to graduate and for those who need volunteer hours for post-secondary training.
Dual Credit Programs – Camosun College South Island Partnership (SIP)
While students are enrolled in secondary school, they can earn secondary school credits for graduation as well as start their post secondary career training.
Students who meet the prerequisites will have their tuition fee paid for by the School District, earn high school credits towards graduation, be enrolled as a Camosun College student and earn first year of college where appropriate.
Students typically go to Camosun in their Grade 12 year but apply in Grade 11.
For more detailed information go to: http://camosun.ca/learn/lync/ and for a list of the programs go to http://camosun.ca/learn/lync/_documents/2014-2015-South-Island-Partnership-Programs.pdf or see the Career Centre.
Applications for these programs can be picked up in the Career Centre.
Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) 480 Hours of Paid Work = 16 credits
Students who are working for a Trades Qualified Journey Person can earn up to 16 high school credits for 480 work based training hours. Students are registered as apprentices with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and their hours are reported to the ITA. Students are eligible for a $1,000.00 Scholarship if, The Ministry of Education’s criteria are met.
Students must register through the Career Centre
Trades Awareness Program (TASK)
Trades Awareness (TASK) is a “hands on” program in partnership with Camosun College that focuses on four trade areas: carpentry, metal, electrical and plumbing. Students will get practical experience building a variety of projects such as: saw horses, picnic tables, sheds, etc. Upon successful completion of the Trades Awareness Program, students will receive Industry Training Authority (ITA) C.O.R.E. certification from Camosun.
To ensure students are “job ready”, students will also take entry-level industry certifications and go out on a work placement for three weeks.
This program is one full semester and will give students up to 28 high school credits.
The Construction Program is for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of general carpentry. This program offered will put theory into practice through construction of free standing structures such as garages, garden/tool sheds, concrete form work and models of certain framing details e.g. rafters and stairs.
Students will also take some construction entry level employment certification courses (such as first aid, WHMIS, Fall Arrest, CSTS) to make them job-site ready. During the last 4-6 weeks of the semester, students will be on work experience with local contractors.
Students who excel in this program will have the opportunity to enroll in Camosun’s Level 1 Carpentry ACE IT Program.
Joinery/Cabinetmaking Program – ACE IT Program
This program blends theoretical and hands on experience where students can earn up to 16 credits towards graduation and their first year (level 1) apprenticeship leading to their
Inter-Provincial Red Seal Joiner/Cabinetmaker Certification. Students will do their Level 1 Technical Training at Camosun.