IGAD/IGADA-R: Career Programs

I: Instructional


Career Education curriculum supports students in the process of becoming successful, educated citizens by providing them with opportunities to explore a variety of careers and options for their future. It provides a bridge between classroom learning and workplace and post-secondary realities, and is intended to make students’ learning meaningful and relevant.

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) supports Career Programs.


The Board believes that co-ordination of career programs is required both at the district and school level to ensure that:

  • Ministry of Education requirements for programs are met,
  • Board regulations and guidelines are followed,
  • parental understanding and consent is secured,
  • all students receive appropriate preparative instruction for off-campus work experience,
  • the required forms and authorizations are completed and processed,
  • appropriate supervision and evaluation is provided and accurate records are kept,
  • employer support is developed and maintained,
  • new programs are developed as required by students and the Ministry,
  • labour market and post secondary information is provided and used as a basis for program development and promotion. 

Work Experience

  • The Board believes that work experience supports classroom learning in all curricular areas.  The Board recognizes work experience as creditable units that must be supervised, assessed, and reported following standard procedures. 
  • The Board recognizes that students on work experience off campus are in attendance at school.


Approval and Operation

Career programs shall be developed and operated according to Ministry of Education and Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) regulations and guidelines, as outlined in the documents listed below.

Ministerial Orders Graduation Program Order 302/04 (M302/04), (Amended by M307/16, July, 2016)
Policy Circular Ministry of Education Guidelines for Secondary School Apprenticeship


The Board supports co-ordination for the development, maintenance, and management of career programs.  Co-ordination shall include defined responsibilities at both district and school levels.


  • Development of placement sites is the joint responsibility of district- and school-based staff.
  • A site analysis to determine curricular links, working conditions, and safety considerations is required for each new placement.  Site analyses are the shared responsibility of school-and district-based staff.
  • On-going monitoring of placement sites is part of the supervision process and is the responsibility of school-based staff.
  • Monitoring includes at least one in-person site visit for every 20 hours that a student is at the site.

Work Experience

  • Preparation for any off-campus work experience shall include:
    • job readiness skills;
    • appropriate attitudes, behaviour, and dress;
    • ethics and confidentiality;
    • workplace safety, including harassment;
    • accident procedures;
    • job and company research and expectations;
    • human rights legislation (Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations);
    • completion of required documentation.
  • Preparation, as described above, must take place prior to the student’s first work experience.
  • No student shall begin work experience until the appropriate Board work education agreement form is signed by all parties (student, parent/guardian, school administrator and employer) and filed in the school.
  • Students shall not be marked absent while attending off campus work experience.

Paid Work Experience

  • The use of paid employment may occur as long as all work experience standards and learning outcomes are followed
  • Paid hours to be used for work experience may only begin after the school has contacted the employer and a training plan has been developed.

SMT Responsibility: AS-LS

Adopted Date: 
Monday June 17, 1996
Revision Date: 
Jan 1999
Oct 2000
Oct 2016