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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Career & Work Education Program

Career and Work Education (CWE) Programs offer a wide range of opportunities to students with varying skills and abilities. The following programs provide Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) students with an opportunity to blend theoretical and practical experience both in the classroom and at a work site other than the classroom.  For more information, visit our frequently asked questions page.

Key stakeholders in CWE Programs are the school, home, and community. The concept of partnership is key to the success of these programs.

We have teachers in career facilitation roles in all our collegiates. We are proud of what is happening in our schools to focus on career education and ‘life-path planning.'

Career and Work Exploration 10, 20, 30

Career and Work Exploration (CWE) 10/20/30 is a non-pre-requisite series of courses blending theory-based and experiential learning components in a career development continuum of awareness, exploration, and experience. Students access the community as a learning environment and, thereby, enhance their opportunities for career life success.

The curriculum promotes career planning and decision-making. The curriculum is not intended to force students to make premature choices but rather aims to help students to expand their occupational awareness and relate their educational choices to career development while keeping a wide variety of transition pathways open for consideration. All collegiates offer configurations of CWE in the school year, including CWE 10, 10/20, A30, A30/B30, as well as integrated options in semestered, quartered, and individually-paced formats.

Academic Research/Work Placement Program (CWE 30)

This one-credit (CWE A30) option involves students from an academic stream and/or those with specialized skills. Students are usually integrated within the regular two-credit (CWE A30/B30) program. The Academic Research/Work Placement Program culminates in a 10-week (two hours each afternoon) academic research/work experience at the University of Saskatchewan, where students work alongside professors, researchers, and scientists, assisting them with research in fields that the students may be interested in pursuing as a future career. 

High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (Integrated CCWE A30/B30)

The High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program is run exclusively out of Mount Royal Collegiate. While HCAP is based at Mount Royal, all students in Saskatoon Public Schools are welcome to apply. Through HCAP, students earn six high school credits: Housing 30, PAA 30, CWE 30A, CWE 30B, Entrepreneurship 30, and Apprenticeship Math 20. Students also have the opportunity to earn two more post-secondary (SIAST) credits. HCAP also allows students to be certified in the five following areas: CPR/First Aid, Powder-Actuated Tools, ICF (Insulated concrete forming system), WHMIS, and CSTS (Construction Safety Training System).

To date, students have had the opportunity to pour basement walls and slab as well as finish a house to the dry-wall stage; they have also participated in community projects such as building a skating rink at a local school and helping Habitat For Humanity prepare their new Restore building. There have been many other successful experiences, one being one of our students becoming the first high school student to successfully challenge the first-year apprenticeship exam.

Life Skills Work Study CWE Education Opportunity (LSWS Collegiate Program)

This Alternate Education program provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience at the 18, 28 and 38 level. At the 18 level students are introduced to the basic work habits and skills required for the world of work through group participation in volunteer work experiences in both the school and community. As students progress to the 28/38 level, at least two individual work placements per year, totaling at least 120 hours, are arranged. The ultimate goal of the program is to refine the student's personal and work skills to the point where upon graduation they are able to succeed in an entry-level job in the community. The LSWS programs are currently offered at Bedford Road, Mount Royal, and Walter Murray collegiates.

Life Skills Work Study Transition Program (LSWS System Program)   

This program is designed to enhance and extend the services LSWS students typically receive in their high school experience. The focus will be on the transition from high school to successful community living and competitive employment. This LSWS program helps develop: further independence and improved self-confidence in daily living skills with a goal of independent living; employment readiness skills through training, job search, and job specific skills training; work experience with the ultimate goal of achieving and maintaining productive employment; smooth transfer to case management from school to community-based programs; and gainful employment. The program is housed in the Central Office/Education Centre downtown but is tied to Walter Murray Collegiate.

Functional Living Skills Work Experience (FLS)

This program provides special needs students an opportunity to gain work experience in a group situation with a job coach. Students develop enhanced social skills, communication, and personal management. Classroom projects and student placements tend to focus on assisting non-profit organizations in events planning and helping community organizations. The FLS programs are available at Centennial, Marion Graham, and Tommy Douglas collegiates.

Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA)

This program introduces students to apprenticeship and the trade certification process as they explore the world of opportunities and rewards that come with working in the skilled trades. Students must be least 15 years of age and must be registered in a CWE 10/20/30 course, a trade-related Practical and Applied Arts course, or another locally developed trade-related course. The three levels of challenges, which can be completed in Grade 10, 11 and 12, are recorded in the SYA Passport upon completion. This program follows Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) provincial apprenticeship guidelines, allowing students registered in SYA to accumulate 100 hours of trade time credit for every SYA level completed, which can then be applied to a formal apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeship Credits

SPS recognizes up to four Apprenticeship Credits (AP 20A/B, AP 30A/B) per student for out-of-school initiatives, on the basis of trade-related work proposed and completed by an individual student. The student must be employed in an approved apprenticeship in one of the designated trades and under the supervision of a journeyperson, and must complete a minimum of 100 hours of trade-related work per credit. Prior to beginning the work for credit(s), the student must submit an Apprenticeship Credit proposal by completing the application package and be approved by the school's principal, the employer, and the supervising teacher.

For more information about Saskatoon Public Schools Career and Work Education Programs, please contact the SPS Career and Work Education Coordinator (, 306-683-7541) or a specific school regarding programs offered at that site.