Edition: Focus on Careers September 2016 Newsletter
During the summer, Career & Skills staff at the Ministry of Education had an opportunity to spend some time at Camosun College and see some recent graduates participating in a Trades Sampler program.
There has been a name change to our Branch....
The Ministry of Education, Learning Division, Graduation, Skills and Distance Learning Branch has been renamed. We are now: Ministry of Education, Learning Division, Custom Programs. Contact information is at the end of the newsletter.
In this Edition:
• Application deadlines – information on grants available
• Changes to graduation years requirements starting in 2016/17
• Applied design, skills and technology draft curriculum on-line
• New trades training programs announced
• New career zones with links
• Skills exploration 10-12 new resources and modules
• Student outcomes survey results as a resource for career educators
• List of frequently used websites
• Contact list of Ministry of Education Career & Skills staff
Upcoming Funding Application Deadlines:
Shoulder Tappers – September 30, 2016
Access Grants – September 30, 2016
Curriculum Implementation and Coding Support – September 30, 2016
“Shoulder Tappers” Funding News
As part of its long-term funding partnership with the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Ministry of Education is again providing funding support to districts through Skills Training Support (“Shoulder Tapper”) Agreements.
The agreements provide school districts with supplementary funding to support their career education and trades training programs. This includes increasing the number and types of local and regional partnerships, improving district capacity for career and trades programming, making students more aware of their education options, and increasing enrolments in career and trades programming, specifically WEX, SSA, ACEIT, and Skills Exploration.
Shoulder Tappers are career coordinators and recruitment specialists who focus on growing their district’s career and trades programming by connecting students with trainers, employers, and mentors, while developing a network of local and regional partnerships with community agencies, employers, Aboriginal groups, and others.
On September 19, 2016, superintendents of eligible school districts received information about the Shoulder Tapper funding, including the application form, and have been encouraged to apply for a minimum of $13,500 in supplementary funding to support their district’s career and trades programming. Applications are due September 30, 2016
Reminder: Skills Training Access Support Grants
For 2016/17, the Ministry is again inviting applications from school districts to participate in the Skills Training Access Grant funding opportunity. The Access Grants are $5,000 supplements for district activities that directly help students get access to career development and trades training opportunities such as work placements, and ACE-IT or other dual credit programming. The Ministry is encouraging all school districts to apply for one of 30 Access Grants.
Districts are expected to use the access funding for activities that overcome access barriers to career programming including program delivery costs, and relocation, equipment, and transportation costs to students. A continued focus this year is on increasing the offerings, partnerships, and student participation rates in coding and other disciplines in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector.
Information about the Skills Training Access Support Grants, including the application form,, due September 30, 2016, was emailed to district superintendents on September 19, 2016. If you have any questions about the process or your district’s eligibility, please contact Tony Arthurs at Tony.Arthurs@gov.bc.ca, or at 250-213-7540.
Funding Support For Curriculum Implementation and Coding
As announced in June 2016, government is providing the education system $6 million to support curriculum implementation, including a new mandatory coding requirement. This funding is intended to support implementation efforts, including staff training, train-the-trainer activities, improved rural access, and student/teacher curriculum resources. Districts will have until June 2018 to use their funding allocation. In exchange, the Ministry requires districts to provide implementation status reports in June 2017 and June 2018.
To help teachers prepare for the mandatory coding requirement in Grades 6-9, starting in September 2018, the Ministry of Education has contracted Lighthouse Labs Inc., and its partner, Kids Code Jeunesse, to develop and deliver two rounds of regional train-the-trainer workshops for two lead teachers from each district. Lighthouse Labs will deliver train-the-trainer sessions in six regions around the province, and will provide participants with train-the-trainer materials and a copy of a student learning module on computational thinking and coding. Participants will be responsible for sharing their training with district colleagues.
Districts are free to opt-out of this professional development opportunity and still receive funding, if they provide the Ministry with a plan of their own. If you have any questions please contact Mark Hawkes at Mark.Hawkes@gov.bc.ca
BC Tech Educators (BCTEA) Conference 2016
Mount Boucherie Secondary, West Kelowna, BC
October 20-21st, 2016
BC Culinary Arts Specialists (BCCASA)
October 21-22, 2016
Computer Using Educators (CUEBC)
Riverside Secondary, Port Coquitlam, BC
October 21, 2016
Teachers of Home Economics (THESA)
Richmond High School
October 21, 2016
Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience
October 21-22, 2016, Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey BC
Career Education Society (CES)
River Rock Resort, Richmond, BC
November 21-22, 2016
Changes to Graduation Years Requirements Starting in 2016/2017
In 2016/2017, there will be changes to exams to align with the redesigned Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum, and to prepare for the new graduation requirements starting in 2017/2018.
This is what it means for students entering Grades 10-12 in the 2016/2017 school year:
Grade 10 students will:
• Follow most of the current graduation program requirements
• Take a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and Science 10, with classroom assessments
• Take Social Studies 11 (or equivalent), with classroom assessments instead of provincial exam
• Write a provincial math skills assessment and a provincial literacy assessment before graduation
Grade 11 students will:
• Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and Science 10 or equivalent and written the provincial exams
• Meet Social Studies graduation requirements with classroom assessments instead of a provincial exam
• Write a provincial literacy assessment before graduation
• Not write the new provincial math skills assessment
Grade 12 students will:
• Finish all the current graduation program requirements
• Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10, Science 10 and Social Studies 11 (or equivalent) and have written provincial exams
• Take Language Arts 12 (or equivalent) and write the associated provincial exam
• Not write the new provincial literacy or provincial math skills assessments
• Students who have completed courses associated with discontinued exams by June 30, 2016, will have until June 2017 to write or re-write exams
• Students taking summer school during July and August 2016 will not be required to write provincial exams in Math 10, Language Arts 10, Science 10 and Social Studies 11 (or equivalent)
• Français langue première 10, Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12 provincial exam changes will be the same as their equivalents above
New Grad Planner for 2016/17 here.
New Career Zones
There are three more Career Zones on the Careers Toolkit website! Six (6) sectors have now been completed with additional sectors planned for the new year.
The six Career Zones available are:
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Tourism & Hospitality
In addition, we are working on a Student Companion Career Zone Guide and a Parent Companion Career Zone Guide.
Contact: Patience Cox at Patience.Cox@gov.bc.ca or phone at: 778-678-2709
Applied Design, Skills and Technology (ADST) DRAFT 10-12 curriculum available on-line
If you click on the “What’s New” link – you will be taken to a page that contains information on What is the Same? What is New? There is also a chart that shows old courses and the proposed new courses.
It is very important that teachers who are teaching the wide variety of courses within ADST take the opportunity to try out and then comment on the changes.
Feedback can be provided to: email@example.com
Student Outcomes Survey Results as a Resource for Career Educators
This is a very interesting resource for Career Educators and Counsellors. By clicking on the BC Outcomes Dashboard you have access to a wealth of information about what happens to students who choose to go on to post-secondary training (including apprenticeships). You can access 3 years of data (2013-2015) – with over 45,000 respondents.
The data is presented in an extremely user friendly manner, which students can easily navigate and understand with graphs and tabs. The database also provides information by institution and program type, which could be very valuable as students form opinions and make plans for their futures.
Some links that educators might find helpful - not a comprehensive list.
BC Ministry of Education – Career & Skills Training
Work Experience – WEX 12A/B
Secondary School Apprenticeship – SSA 11A/B; SSA 12A/B
Skills Exploration 10-12 – STX 10A/B; STX 11A/B; STX 12A/B (This guide is currently under revision and is expected to be updated by November 2016.)
Handbook of Procedures for the Graduation Program 2016/17
Grad Planner 2016/17
BC Dogwood Planner 2016/17
2016/17 Provincial Exam Schedule
Education Planner BC
ITA Youth Programs
ITA Educator Resources
WorkBC – Jobs & Careers
WorkBC - Career Educator Resources
Discovery Skills BC
Skills Canada BC
Ministry of Education
Custom Programs/Graduation Team
Custom Programs and Strategies
Superintendent, Careers and Student Transitions
Superintendent, Graduation and Student Transitions
ACE-IT, SSA, Work Experience, Access Grants
Career Zones, Skills Exploration, Trades Sampler, Newsletter
Adult Education, Alternative Education,
Career & Skills Toolkit,
Youth trades training programs offer more options for BC Students
September 22, 2016: The British Columbia government and Industry Training Authority (ITA) unveiled updated youth trades training programs that will provide B.C. students with the opportunity to discover, explore, train and work in the trades earlier in their school years. The full news release is here.
As part of the information released, the following is a backgrounder that provides a brief summary of the programs supported by the ITA.
ITA Youth Trades training programs
Two years ago, the Province launched the Skills for Jobs Blueprint with a commitment to re-engineer B.C.’s skills training system to better match industry needs, provide the highest level of training, and get students from study to the workplace more quickly. The Blueprint outlined a target of doubling the number of ACE IT spaces to 5,000 over the next two years.
To meet this goal, the ITA consulted with over 1,200 stakeholders including career educators, technical educators at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, employers, First Nations, school districts, post-secondary institutions, parents and youth apprentices. The consultations found there was a need to:
• broaden youth programs so that students are exposed to the trades earlier in the school system;
• create opportunities to discover and explore the trades at an early age to develop the skills to better prepare for and succeed in secondary school apprenticeship programs like Youth Train in Trades (currently ACE IT); and
• provide students and parents with a clearer path from early learning, to secondary school, through to post-secondary and into the workforce;
The result of the consultations was the formation of a more cohesive suite of program building blocks: Discover, Explore, Train and Work, which provide a clear and optimal training pathway for youth apprentices. To help implement the updated programs, government announced in Budget 2016 that the Industry Training Authority would receive an additional $7.8 million over three years. The updated programs will be implemented over a one-year transition with courses available for student enrolment in January 2017, and classes starting in September 2017.
Youth Discover the Trades (currently YES 2 IT)
• The Youth Discover the Trades program is an opportunity for youth to get hands-on experience in a trade at an event in their local community. The events connect students, parents and teachers with local tradespeople and their employers showcasing first-hand what a career in trades is really like.
• Program participants: grades 5 to 10
Youth Discover the Maker Way (Currently Maker Day)
• With Youth Discover the Maker Way, students get the opportunity to put away the books for a day and work in small teams in their classrooms to build a creative solution to a design challenge. The program is offered as a one-day event, a unit in your class, or as a year-long learning program.
• Program participants: grades 5 to 10
Youth Discover: Lions in the House
• In partnership with the BC Lions, the Lions in the House initiative is focused on the power of choice and being the best you can be. Students are challenged to examine their choices as it relates to their own personal opportunities and those available in the trades. The event consists of an interactive assembly with speeches from prominent Leos as they discuss their own experiences in making significant life choices, interspersed with athletic competitions that provide a unique opportunity for the students to compete against each other.
• Program participants: grades 6 to 9
• Each year 25 schools are visited throughout the province.
Youth Explore Trades Skills (Currently Skills Exploration 10-12)
• This program gives students hands-on experience in four trades (carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and automotive). Students will learn the basics, explore their interests and get a sense of what trades career they could pursue. The 120-hour course consists of four modules (approx. 30 hours each) and non-paid work experience. After completing this program, students can move onto one of the dual-credit programs, such as the Youth Train Program (ACE IT) or the Youth Work Program (SSA).
• Program participants: grades 10 to 12
Youth Explore Trades Sampler (Currently various programs such as TASK)
• This program allows students to explore up to five trades in greater depth. They will be given the opportunity to gain practical skills and can even complete certifications that trades employers are looking for. The 300+ hour program is a great way for students to prepare for an apprenticeship program such as the Youth Train Program (ACE IT) or the Youth Work Program (SSA).
• Program participants: grades 11 and 12
Youth Train in Trades (Currently ACE IT)
• This program gives students the opportunity to get a head start on their technical trades training by attending a trades training class at a local secondary school, a partner post-secondary institution or an ITA-certified training facility. Students will learn from skilled instructors and earn credits that count toward their secondary school diploma and Level 1 of their technical training. Youth Train and Youth Work programs can be taken in any order and there are no prerequisites.
• Program participants: grades 10 to 12
Youth Work in Trades (Currently SSA)
• This program gives students the opportunity to get on-the-job training as a youth apprentice. Students get a head start on the work-based training needed for a trades apprenticeship (up to 480 hours) while still in secondary school. They will be able to earn an income while also earning up to 16 credits toward their secondary school diploma. In addition, students are given the chance to earn a $1,000 award by meeting specific program criteria. Youth Train and Youth Work programs can be taken in any order and there are no prerequisites.
• Program participants: grades 10 to 12
For more information contact the ITA Youth programs at: firstname.lastname@example.org