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 to 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 for students to be given experience in as many areas as possible, with consideration being given to each 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 Work 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's general liability insurance and are also covered under the Worker's Compensation Act.
How will students be evaluated? A student's work site performance and in-class performance determine their marks. Both the employer and the teacher will evaluate the student's performance at the work site. A student's in-class performance and community-based performance are reviewed in the final evaluation.
How do students apply for a program? Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact their secondary school.
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 career and work education teacher-on-assignment at 306-683-7542.