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Work Experience (WEX)

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

At any time, a student who is 14 may join the school based Work Experience Program.  Students 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.The North Vancouver School District is pleased to partner with local organizations and businesses to support students with special needs via work experience.

The Work Experience (WEX) program is mutually beneficial for students, employers and the community. Students gain valuable life and career skills by getting out of the classroom and into workplaces across the North Shore. Employers gain contributing team members who not only complete needed tasks, but are also valued by other employees for their personalities and the teachings they offer. The community as a whole benefits by having diverse members who all contribute to society's wellbeing.  Please contact your home schools career coordinator for more information.

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 the facilitator work with the student, employer and job coach to ensure a successful placement. This program is available at most secondary schools. Please contact your school counselor for more information.