Pre-Employment Program

Student Group:
Alternative Education

Pre-Employment programs are available for secondary students who have experienced difficulty in academic secondary school placements.

Pre-Employment programs are available for students who have experienced difficulty in academic secondary school placements.

The Pre-Employment programs are generally self-contained and two years in length. The overall goals of the programs are to develop academic skills as well as to provide social and career preparation skills necessary for successful transition to employment.



Students are appropriate for placement in these programs when they are not successful in regular academic courses, and express a desire to be in an alternative program with a strong career preparation emphasis and in-school vocational training. Work experience is a major component of the programs.



Pre-Employment referrals must be submitted to the Screening Committee.



□ referral to Screening form

□ psychological assessment, (if available)

□ Individual Education Plan (IEP)

□ recent report cards

□ School Based Team minutes



Students attend the programs for one or more years depending on achievement and motivation. A student’s progress is reviewed annually in consultation with the Learning Services liaison. Students who have successfully completed the program receive a Pre-Employment certificate and can continue their education in an alternative setting, or seek employment.


Cafeteria Programs

The Cafeteria programs offer a basic introduction to the school hospitality/food service program as well as a chance to upgrade academic skills. The course is divided into three major components. The hospitality/food service component comprises three of the eight blocks. Core subjects - English, Math, Social studies, Consumer Education, Recreation Education and Career Preparation comprise the remaining five blocks. One or two week work experience placements may be arranged for most of the students.


Shop Programs

This program has three components - core academics, shop courses and recreation. Students take Basic Mathematics, English and Urban Geography. The shop component consists of metal work and metal machining, gas and car welding, power mechanics, automotive repairs, woodwork, and the use, care and maintenance of tools and equipment. The recreation component consists of team sports, individual sports and field trips. Work experience opportunities are also offered. This program is self-contained, with no integration into Windermere’s regular courses.



Grades 10 to 12 (15 - 19 years of age)

Program capacity is 15 students

1 Teacher



David Thompson Secondary (Cafeteria Program)      

Templeton Secondary (Cafeteria Program)

Windermere Secondary (Shop Program)