This program gives students the opportunity to obtain practical training in the workplace. It is for students who have not been successful in English and Math and who are at least 15 years of age. The Work Oriented Training Path consists of two separate programs:
Preparation for Employment is a three-year program designed for students who have not met the requirements of the elementary level programs for English and Mathematics. The Pre-Work Training program allows students to progress at their own pace in a variety of subjects while preparing them to carry out their roles as adults, citizens and workers. In Years II and III of the program, Pre-Work students spend a significant amount of time preparing to enter the work force. Students receive an official MELS Pre-Work Training Certificate upon successful completion of the three-year program. Students who progress well in the Pre-Work Training program, can transfer into the Semi-skilled Trades program in their third year of study.
Training for Semiskilled Occupations is a one-year program intended for students who are still working towards achievement in Secondary Cycle One level English and Mathematics. Students receive intensive instruction in the three core subjects of English, French and Math, at the same time as developing the competencies required to carry out a specific semi-skilled trade. Semi-Skilled Trades students must complete 375 hours of work in a business environment outside of the school, and are evaluated according to industry standards. Upon successful completion of this one-year program, students receive an official MELS Semi-Skilled Trade certificate. After completing the Semi-Skilled Trades program, students have many options. They can continue their academic education in a high school, depending upon their age, or in the Adult Education sector. Alternatively, they can return and complete a second year of training for a different Semi-Skilled Trade, if they so desire.