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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Career & Work Education FAQ's

What is the purpose of the Community Work Experience?

To provide students with:

  • Experience in working environments and on-the-job relations
  • An understanding of the responsibilities and attitudes towards a job
  • A chance to explore their skills and abilities
  • A chance to evaluate their need for education and skill development

What is expected of students?

Students are evaluated on the qualities of employees in a learning situation, and they should be treated as such.

What supervision is provided for students?

School personnel make regular visits to the work site to observe students’ progress, and be available for consultation with employers.  Employers provide supervision appropriate to employees-in-training. A recommended procedure is to place students under the supervision of reliable, regular employees.

What type of work should students do?

It is desirable that students be given experience in as many areas as possible, with consideration being given to each the student's ability to handle any particular assignment. Teachers may provide a Training Plan for each particular work site.

Do programs provide paid work positions?

Career and Education programs provide students with the opportunity to study in the classroom and in the community. Students gain credit toward senior matriculation. Students at the work site shall not take a paid employee's position. If the employer employs students outside of the terms of the Career and Work Education Agreement, then remuneration shall be payable according to law.

Do students have insurance coverage?

Yes, students are covered under the Saskatoon Board of Education general liability insurance and is also covered under the Worker's Compensation Act.

How will students be evaluated?

Their work site performance, as well as the in-class performance, determine students’ marks. Both the employer and the teacher will evaluate the student's performance at the work site. Students’ in-class performance and community­ based performance are reviewed in the final evaluation.

How do students apply for a program?

Students can make inquiries at any secondary collegiate or call the Career Education Coordinator at 683-7541.

How do businesses and community organizations get involved?

Saskatoon Public Schools values the participation of community organizations and businesses in these Programs. Community support is vital to their success. To inquire, please contact the SPS Career and Work Education Coordinator (cwe@spsd.sk.ca, 306-683-7541).