Create a Strategy
As a major goal of the K-12 education system, career development offers students the opportunity to learn from a young age what options and opportunities are available to them in the skilled trades or other careers.
Your career and skills training programs should reflect regional and provincial employment opportunities and ensure that the career development needs of youth in your district are met.
Career educators can develop a long term education strategy with clear outcomes using a process similar to the one used by districts to develop strategic plans or student achievement plans. A comprehensive career development education strategy would include a vision, goal and plan, and take into account operational, staffing, funding, and communication requirements.
- Review some strategic planning basics (PDF)
- Learn more about career development education programming:Career program evaluation checklist (PDF)
Include in your plan a strategic goal for each of these career development areas. Be sure to outline options and opportunities for students from K-12.
- Career awareness experiences help students understand the variety of careers available, the skills and competencies needed to be successful and the post-secondary education requirements. These experiences broaden students’ options by showing them opportunities available across a wide range of industry sectors that they might not otherwise have known or considered.
- Career exploration activities help students learn about targeted careers more deeply. Because the experiences are more personalized to a student’s interests, they provide an opportunity for students to take an active role in making decisions about future career experiences and education options
- Career engagement learning experiences can occur in the classroom or on the worksite. They link student learning and skill development to the world of work and learning beyond high school.
- Key Contacts
- Industry Training Authority (ITA) Overview
- ITA For Educators – ACE IT and SSA Program information and forms
- Youth Programs Contact: Erin Johnston
ITA Apprenticeship Advisors - The Apprenticeship Advisors are part of ITA’s increased efforts to build knowledge and awareness of the BC apprenticeship system, and to provide guidance to both local trades apprentices and local employer sponsors.
- Earning Credit through Equivalency, Challenge, External Credentials, Post Secondary Credit and Independent Directed Studies (Dual credit policy)
- Elective Work Experience Courses and Workplace Safety Policy
- Recognition of Post-Secondary Transition Programs for Funding Purposes
- Work Experience or Community Service Requirement for Graduation