Windsor Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Career Education

Career Education:
Work Experience, Apprenticeship Training
and Steps to Success






Ms. Sian Oliver
Work Experience Coordinator

604-903-3700 ext. 809909


Mrs. Joicy Szymanski
Work Experience Facilitator

604-903-3700 ext 809203

Please come visit the Career Centre in Room 203

        Open Monday-Friday 8:10-3:10pm

We work with students to assist in choosing and obtaining relevant and meaningful placements. Currently here are a few of our placements our students are doing: Emilie A-NS District Public Library, Soo Bin A-Parkgate Animal Hospital, Princess B-Lower Lonsdale Medical Clinic, Julea B-Seymour Heights Elementary, Johanna B-Blueridge Elementary K, Youna C-BC Children's Mini Med School, Felix D-Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sophie E-Lynn Valley Care, Josh G and Molly T-Maplewood Farm, John G-Ron Andrews Fitness Center, Jessica H-Superstore Pharmacy, Jihye J-Mohr Good Ideas, Daniel P-Craftsman Collison, Raha S-Seymour Dental, Harry S-Evergreen Computers, Regan W-Destination Chrysler, Willow C-Medical Imaging, Robin J- Delbrook Animal Hospital, Schyler M-Golden Pet Services, Arman S-NV Dental, Quintu T-Net App and Emma V-Parkgate Youth Outreach.  This is not all of our students, as some have two or more placements or worked this past summer!

Students can start in Grade 10!  If students are currently working, come talk to us about applying those hours for credit when they join or if they have a job in your focus area, you can apply all those hours!  Keep this in mind for programming time! 

Career Education Programs Overview

The primary goal of career development programs 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 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 is learned in the classroom with knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in the workplace
  • Gain 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

Work Experience WEX12A or WEX12B (4 credit)

Any student who is 14 years of age is eligible to join this program.  They are placed with local employers in positions that align with their interest and future career goals.  The community becomes the classroom where students gain experience in the workplace and are provided with a frame of reference to review or revise their career goals.  Through employer assessment, students receive valuable feedback about their employability skills and technical skills related to specific occupations.

Work Experience is comprised of pre-placement classroom assignments, placement activities including successful completion of  90 hours (minimum) at a community worksite(s), and post-placement assignments.  Work Experience Teachers and the Work Experience Facilitator will work with students individually and in small groups to assist students with choosing and obtaining relevant and meaningful placements.

Youth in Trades (formerly the Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) (4 credits per every 120 hours worked)

Windsor Secondary School offers Youth in Trades in conjunction with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).  The Youth in Trades program is designed for those students who are currently working part-time in a trade, under a certified Journey Person, or who know of someone who might hire them to work in a trade.  It is possible for students to earn up to 16 credits while in school.  Four credits are assigned for every 120 hours of work completed.  These hours are also counted towards the total number of hours needed to become a journeyman in their chose trade. Trades are not what they use to be. If you are interested in seeing your hands-on child explore a trade, while in high school check out these sites: and/or

Steps to Success

The Steps to Success Program is a work experience program for students with special needs.  This experience will help to prepare students for the transition from school to the workplace through activities that will raise their self-awareness, build employability skills, and encourage career exploration and job readiness.  Students are accompanied by a job coach at all times and receive additional school support. The Work Experience Teachers and Facilitator work with the student, employer and job coach to ensure a successful placement.


Please click on the Career Center Resource Survey

We would also welcome a call or email from you. We are always welcome to new jobs!!!  Contact Mrs. Oliver at or 604-903-3700. Local 809909 or the Work Experience Facilitator at 604-903-3700 Local 809203