Work Experience Courses (WEX 12A & WEX 12) Overview
Students can be placed in paid or unpaid work-placements. All work experience students are covered by WorkSafe.
Goals for Work Experience Courses
The primary goal of work experience is to help students prepare for the transition from secondary school to the world of work. Through work experience, students have the opportunity to observe and practice generic employability skills required in the workplace, as well as technical and applied skills relating to specific occupations or industries.
Other goals include helping students to:
- Connect what they learn in the classroom with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed in the workplace
- Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be successful in the world of work
- Develop job readiness skills for specific occupations and careers
- Understand the similarities and differences in behavior standards between the workplace and school.
Design of Work Experience Courses
Work Experience differs from most courses in that they are primarily designed to take place outside of the school setting.
- Students can be placed in paid or unpaid work-placements and are covered by Worksafe.
- At least 90 hours of course time must consist of actual work placements. The work experience does not need to occur at just one site, but may take place at multiple sites.
The types of activities that are eligible for work experience include:
- Hands-on work experience at a standard work site (business, government, self-employed, non-profit or volunteer organization)
- Job shadowing a worker at a standard work site
- Career mentoring with a worker at a standard work site
- Hands-on work experience at a non-standard community site created specifically for work experience
(e.g., school district wood lot)
Except in special circumstances, work placements should not take place in a student’s home school. For example, a student interested in exploring teaching as a career should be placed with a teacher in another school rather than in the student’s home school.
Activities that are extensions of in-school courses or that are extra-curricular do not count as Ministry-Authorized work experience placements.
- All students participating in a work experience course have an in-school safety orientation to prepare them for the workplace.
- School district personnel monitor and evaluate student progress