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Work Experience

Work Experience provides an opportunity for students to obtain worthwhile experiences in the world of work while continuing their school studies.

This type of program is designed to allow students to experience employment for the purpose of clarifying vocational choices and preparing for entry into the working community. Work Experience hours are completed over and above a full time course load. The program may not be suitable for students with heavy course loads.

NOTE: This program does not need to meet the requirements of the Minimum Wage Act, and should not be confused with Work Study programs which are cooperative efforts where students have been assigned to the workplace as part of specific high school courses.

Students will:

  • Have an opportunity to participate in meaningful work.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of developing acceptable work habits, good grooming, and need for self-discipline.
  • Develop an understanding of positive attitudes for getting along with people.
  • Learn about the organization of business and the relationships of employee to employer, unions, and government through direct contact.

To successfully complete the program:

  • Students involved must have written parental approval.
  • An agreement must be signed by the employer, the student, and the coordinator.
  • Specific in-school assignments must be satisfactorily completed under the direction of the coordinator.
  • Expectations must be completed to the satisfaction of the employer and the coordinator, including a minimum of 125 hours for 5 credits or 75 hours for 3 credits.
  • CTS Module CTR 1010: Job Preparation will be a required component of the first Work Experience course taken by students.

Students may earn up to 30 credits in Work Experience, but a maximum of 16 credits, including CTR1010, can be applied to a diploma.

  • Transportation to and from work stations is the student’s responsibility.
  • Students may be employed in Work Experience between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days of the week.

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Apprenticeship is on the job training under the guidance of a skilled tradesperson combined with classroom training and education.

Students enrolled in RAP are both full-time students and registered apprentices. Advantages include:

  • hands-on, up to date training
  • opportunities to earn while you learn
  • the promise of a good career

RAP is designed to improve the transition between school and the workplace and encourages students to stay in school. Students are able to obtain the on-the-job training required by employers and earn a wage while they complete high school. RAP is a paid position that does not follow a regular apprenticeship pay scale.

If a student is unsure about RAP, work experience or Career Internship may be a better initial option.

To be eligible for RAP, students must:

  • be registered in a high school program and working towards a diploma or high school certificate.
  • be aware of the entrance requirements for a specific trade or pass the trade entrance exam.
  • have identified an employer eligible and willing to accept them as an apprentice.

To be eligible for RAP, an employer must:

  • either be a journeyman themselves, or employ someone who is.
  • be able to look after the supervision of the apprentice.

A RAP student may earn up to 40 credits towards their high school diploma:

  • five credits at the 10 level
  • fifteen credits at the 20 level
  • twenty credits at the 30 level

Each credit is based on 25 hours of work. To get all 40 credits 1,000 hours would need to be completed.

There are several complimentary CTS courses that employers may want their RAP students to have completed or find useful:

  • CTR 1010 Job Preparation
  • CTR 1210 Personal Safety Management
  • CTR 2210 Workplace Safety
  • CTR 3210 Safety Management Systems

Green Certificate

Green Certificate provides our students with access to the first level of an agricultural apprenticeship program. 

The notion of “learner as worker and worker as learner” is becoming increasingly accepted. There is considerable research that supports viewing the workplace as an extension of the school and the school as an extension of the workplace. Students can enroll in one of seven main areas:

  • Cow-Calf Beef Operation

  • Dairy Production

  • Feedlot Beef Production

  • Field Crop Production

  • Irrigated Field Crop Production

  • Sheep Production

  • Swine Production

Most students enroll in Green Certificate with a desire to do so and a program specialization already in mind (self-select). Green Certificate is an off campus course which means that each school facility must designate an individual from that school to inspect and approve each work site.

If a student is unsure of whether or not Green Certificate would be for them they can try a Career Internship or the Work Experience program.

  • Green Certificate is an off campus course which means that each school facility must designate an individual from that school to inspect and approve each work site.
  • CTR 1210 - Personal Safety Management which is a one credit course from Career Transitions must be completed prior to or concurrent with the first course.

  • Alberta Education stipulates that all students must obtain at least 20 credits at the 30 level.* 
  • Green Certificate offers the opportunity to obtain 16 high school credits broken down into three courses of six, five and five. As a bonus, all of these credits are at the 30 level!

* Green Certificate, when combined with English and Social Studies, would satisfy this requirement.

Internship Programs

To help students become more informed about the changing workplace, Alberta Education is developing policy, curriculum and support materials to:

  • help students build better career planning skills.
  • improve students’ workplace readiness competencies.
  • expand structured pathways into the workplace and post-secondary education programs.
  • enhance connections among key players.

Career Internship 10 is a workplace-based curriculum designed to assist students in making informed decisions about their school to career transitions. Specifically, the course is designed to prepare students for entry in trade, technology and service careers.