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Work Experience:  A Resource for Graduation Transitions
 
Work experience and/or community service is a requirement of Graduation Transitions. 
 
Objectives
·         use or develop employability skills
·         gain experience outside the school setting
·         explore community workplaces
 
Work experience should engage students in the community and provide them with an opportunity to use or develop employability skills.
Benefits
·         earn credit for exploring the workplace at a practical level
·         decision making based on a realistic understanding of the workplace
·         develop skills and qualities that contribute success in employment and career development
·         reference(s) for future employers
·         increase awareness of interest and aptitudes
·         builder of self-confidence
·         develop work-related networks/contacts
·         support the transition from school to work or further education
Timing
Required work experience and/or community service is intended to take place after students complete the relevant learning outcomes in Planning 11, particularly through the ‘Education and Careers’ organizer, in which students undertake job readiness and reflection activities.  As part of Planning 11, students and educators plan for work experience and/or community service.  The accumulation of Graduation Transitions evidence takes place in Grades 10 to 12.
Examples of ways to satisfy the work experience and/or community service component of Graduation Transitions include:
·         Hands-on work at a work site under the supervision of a work site sponsor in a business, government, non-profit or volunteer organization
·         Job shadowing at a work site
·         Volunteer experience with a community organization
·         Ministry-Authorized Work Experience course
·         Secondary School Apprenticeship course 
If you have business and would like a student volunteer please contact Mrs. Caldwell at 250-870-5110 ext. 4360 or linda.caldwell@sd23.bc.ca