Ministry of Education approved Work Experience 12A (WEX12A) and Work Experience 12B (WEX12B) electives are 100 -120 hour courses of work based training in cooperation between the student, school and employer. Through work-based training, students have the opportunity to observe and practice employability skills required in the workplace as well as technical and applied skills that relate to specific occupations and industries. Before beginning a Work Experience course, students are required to have successfully completed the course requirements for Planning 10. In this course, students learn to set goals, think critically, make thoughtful decisions and learn about their rights and responsibilities within the workplace.
Reasons for taking a Work Experience 12A and/or 12B course include:
- Earning up to eight Grade 12 elective credits
- Connecting classroom learning with the workplace
- Practicing resume writing and job interview skills
- Learning workplace skills that are transferrable to other employers
- Fulfilling community service hours required for graduation
- Helping students make decisions about career choices
- Building a network of industry contacts and
- Increasing self-confidence and potential
- Students will also learn to apply hazard recognition and injury prevention skills.
Do you have a part-time job? Your part-time job may be eligible for credit. Students must apply for the program. Credits from paid work experience are at the discretion of the Career Department when equivalent training is not available.
An application form and a training plan must be in place PRIOR to students beginning to log their work-based hours. Students may not use previous hours. The only hours that may be considered are those hours gained after the Work Experience contract was signed by the Career Facilitator.
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WORK EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES
Code of Conduct and Ethics
- Students should have a discussion with their Work Experience Coordinator and/or Teacher with regard to the following:
- Attitude and work ethic
- Cooperativeness with employer
- Dependability and initiative
- Quality of work
- Workplace attendance
- Transportation to/from the worksite
Student Assessment - Evaluation
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
- Two performance evaluation forms
- Written log of hours worked and duties performed
- Resume and cover letter
- Final Work Term Report
Reminder: In order to graduate all students are required to have documented 30 hours of work or volunteer experience.