Supporting Students Through Work Experience

The CISVA is working hard to prepare students for a successful transition to life after secondary school. It is our hope to gather a list of potential work experience placements that can be accessed by students enrolled in CISVA high schools. With your openness and support, it will provide our students with more choices and greater opportunities to gain experience in various fields of interest.

Transition Planning

The purpose of transition planning is to prepare a student for life after high school. It is a partnership involving the individual, their family, school personnel, local service providers and government staff who support youth transitioning to adulthood.

Activities may include:

  • post secondary education
  • vocational training
  • employment
  • adult services
  • living arrangements
  • community participation

CISVA Goal

It is the goal of the CISVA to gather members of our community that can offer their time and support to provide meaningful work experiences for our students. The intent of the opportunities and experiences during their school years is to help them better prepare for a successful life after high school. Life after graduation includes the world of work and/or community responsibilities. Work experience placements provide a student with an opportunity to observe, learn, or participate in the tasks and responsibilities of a job or career path.

Graduation Transitions

The BC Ministry of Education requires all students enrolled in grade 10, 11, and 12 to complete “Graduation Transitions” which is intended to prepare students for a successful transition to life after secondary school.

Community Connections

As part of the “Community Connections” component of Graduation Transitions, all students must provide evidence that they have completed any of the following:

  • A Ministry-authorized work experience course
  • A school-arranged 30 hour work placement
  • 30 hours of volunteer or community service
  • 30 hours of paid student employment

Students are encouraged to document their work or volunteer/community service and identify the employability skills used or developed. In addition, an evaluation report or signed form that outlines the duties and expectations, as well as that lists the dates and times worked is collected.

Information taken from BC Ministry of Education:
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/policy/policies/work experience req.htm#section2

Supervisor Responsibilities

In order for a work experience placement to be effective, a supervisor should:

  • Provide a safe, supportive working and learning environment
  • Provide a safety orientation for the student before hands-on activities begin
  • Provide an orientation to the student concerning hours of work, breaks, dress code, employee expectations, and employer expectations
  • Introduce the student to regular work site employees with an explanation of the student’s position
  • Assign an employee to supervise the student
  • Whenever possible, select jobs and activities appropriate for the length of the placement and the student’s skills and interests
  • Immediately notify the school of any injuries or emergencies, difficulties, or problems with the work experience student

Overall, we are looking for safe, positive experiences for our students. We hope to gather placements that will provide support to encourage personal growth.

School Responsibilities

  • Provide additional support or mentorship for the students
  • Assess and provide feedback to students
  • Prepare students for basic work place skills and interactions
  • Establish a CISVA work experience contract between school and employer
  • Maintain a connection with the employers

For more information, contact:
Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese
Superintendent’s Office
150 Robson Street – 3rd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 2A7
604-683-9331

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