Welcome to the Gulf Islands School District Careers and Transitions web page. We are glad to have you check out our site. Students, parents, employers and district staff can find information here about programs that prepare students for success after high school. There are many choices to consider including travel, work, university or college for either academic, technical or trades training. Each path is a valid choice and this webpage provides information about training programs and resources that sync/mesh with student’s interests, skills and values.
While concepts and exploration around careers are embedded in curriculum K-12, these career and transition programs at the high school level are best suited for senior students who are keen, with good attendance and study skills. The programs offered provide an opportunity to learn the fundamental skills required for a number of careers and often include hands-on work experience and on-the-job training with local employers.
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Work Experience 12A and 12B are year-long 4 credit elective courses that are taken outside the timetable. Open to grade 10,11 or 12 students, an interview with school counselors or career teachers is required to enroll.
- Through 100 hours of on the job training and approximately 10 hours of classroom assignments, WEX courses provide students with the opportunity to participate in, observe or learn the tasks and responsibilities related to an occupation or career.
Work Experience courses are a perfect way to enhance or deepen a student’s skill set pertaining to any career area.
- Work Experience courses are a perfect way to enhance or deepen a student’s skill base regarding any career area.
Fire Camp is a week-long program occurring annually during Spring Break. The program alternates locations, one year on Pender Island, and alternate years at Metchosin on Vancouver Island.
Students attending Gulf Islands Secondary School are encouraged to complete an application form and apply to Pender Island Fire Rescue for this amazing experience. Students need to express their desire to participate by the third week in September each year. Those accepted into the program also enroll in a Work Experience course so that credit can be granted for the hours of training completed.
This program fits well for students wishing to pursue careers in emergency services or who want an extreme leadership experience.
Code of Conduct and Ethics
Students must schedule a meeting with their Work Experience Coordinator and/or Teacher with regard to the following:
- Demonstration of good attitude and work ethic
- Ability to cooperate with employer and staff
- Evidence of dependability and initiative
- Commitment to give 100% effort to achieve top quality performance
- Assurance to strive for perfect punctuality and attendance
- Organize transportation to/from the worksite
- Respect rules of confidentiality in the workplace
Workplace Monitoring — district staff will monitor student placements in person, by phone and e-mail.
Student Assessment — Employers will complete evaluations of student performance for school reporting purposes.
Student Record Keeping
Students are required to record and maintain a record of their work experience placement. This record may be used to verify work hours from time to time. In addition, students will be required to complete the following:
Training Plan and Safety Checklist
- Work Experience Placement Agreement (fully signed and complete)
- Written log of hours worked and duties performed
- Resume and cover letter
- Student reflection of work placement
TASK (Trades Awareness, Skills & Knowledge)
This dual credit semester long (20 week) program provides students in grades 10-12 with entry level trades training in a variety of different career areas linked the construction trade.
- Offered in partnership with Camosun College, and the Industry Training Authority, students engage in hands-on learning in an intensive semester.
- Students learn workplace safety, material handling, drafting, and use of power tools while framing small buildings. Instruction in other trade areas takes place at Camosun College.
- Certification in First Aid, Fire Suppression, Fall Arrest and Confined Space Entry are also included. TASK students build from Monday to Thursday and participate in Work Experience placements each Friday and for the entire month of June.
- Enrolling in TASK is a great way to springboard into Secondary School Apprenticeship and Train in Trades (tuition free technical training at college).
Work in Trades (Secondary School Apprenticeship)
Work in Trades is a program that provides students in Grades 10 to 12 the opportunity to begin working as a youth apprentice in one of BC’s 140 skilled trades while still in high school. Eighty percent of knowledge is learned “on the job”, and 20 percent in college. to 12 the opportunity to begin working as an apprentice in one of BC’s 140 skilled trades while still in high school. Eighty percent of knowledge is learned “on the job”, and 20 percent in college.
- By earning wages while learning on the job, secondary school apprentices can enrol in four high school elective courses yielding 16 credits towards graduation.
- Each course requires 120 hours of work-based training under a formal agreement with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and a local employer.
- Many students elect to devote one entire semester in grade twelve to their apprenticeship while others log their time spent working on Fridays and holidays throughout the year.
Steps to become a Secondary School Apprentice:
- In your own network of contacts, you or your family may know an employer who would be willing to hire and train you as an apprentice.
- Students can seek out the Careers teacher for more information.
- Begin a relationship with an employer through unpaid work experience first and then get hired as a Secondary School Apprentice.
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) oversees training in over 100 apprenticeable and red seal trades. To learn more visit the ITA Website
Dual Credit Opportunities – Train in Trades (TRN)
Enroll in an TRN program and you can work towards your first level of technical training in an apprenticeable trade still in high school, tuition free. Students can take a Level 1 Apprenticeship or Foundation programs at one of the post secondary institutions our district partners with.
TRN programs are dual credit, which means that students receive both post secondary and high school credits for their program of study. Students who pass with over 70% will receive college credit, their Level 1 certification and work-based hours recognized by the Industry Training Authority.
The Ministry of Education recognizes that this program provides a valuable transition for students as they move into the working world.
TRN Programs are available in the following trades: Automotive, Autobody, Baking, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Cook Training, Electrical, Heavy Mechanical Trades, Horticulture, Joinery, Machining, Metal Fabrication, Plumbing and Pipefitting, Refrigeration & AC, HVAC, Sheet Metal and more.
The goals of Train in Trades include:
- providing students with a smooth transition from school to work
- enhancing students existing trade-specific job-readiness skills, or providing opportunities for the development of new skills
- providing students with the opportunity to obtain a Level 1 technical training certification in a given trade
- helping prepare students to enter the world of work with the skills, attitudes, and sense of responsibility necessary to be successful.
Dual Credit Opportunities – Non Trades Programs
In addition to trades training, our partnership with Camosun College
affords students the opportunity to access tuition free courses either by distance (in SHIFT) or on campus. A member of our Career Program team will help students draft a transition plan in order to include these programs into their graduation program. A full list of courses is available in Counselling.
College of the Rockies:
- NFPA 1001 (Fire Suppression) located on Pender and Salt Spring Islands
MyBluePrint — is an online tool to help students with career choices, post secondary options, scholarship opportunities and much more. Visit the Career Center to obtain a password.
SchoolFinder.com — use this website to search for schools or programs, in Canada, the US or Abroad. Complete information is provided on admission requirements, tuition costs and more.
Industry Training Authority — is the website providing a comprehensive list of trades, programs, institutions and opportunities for youth.
Trades Training in BC — is a one stop website providing start dates, locations and costs for any trade program in the province.
Contact for more information:
Maggie Allison, Manager
Career Development and Community Initiatives