Career programs offer the opportunity to get first-hand work experience in a career setting. This career exploration process can help students with the transition to the workplace by giving them the confidence they need to make focus their efforts on getting the specific training and skills required for their career choice.
Most career programs are designed for students in Grades 11 and 12. Since many are developed locally, you should check with your school counsellor to find out what options are available for students in your area.
High school students can choose to take apprenticeship training through the Industry Training Authority (ITA) which can also count as credit towards graduation.
This training offers students experience in the career field of their choice through a combination of course work and 90 plus hours of work experience. Students gain credit towards graduation and feel more prepared for employment or further post-secondary training.
School counsellors can help students learn more about the options available through their local school or school district.
Through co-op education programs students can explore various careers and gain job readiness through work experience. Programs can offer a mixture of: course work, career exploration, pre-employment training, skills enhancement, and work experience placements for credit towards graduation.
These focused partnerships between school districts and public post-secondary institutions work in consultation with their communities to address current and future labour market needs for workers with technical skillsets.
Students enrolled at a Career Technical Centre can earn both a secondary graduation certificate and credit toward a post-secondary certificate in a broad range of trades, technology and other program areas.