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Talking Opportunities. An Information Session for Parents. Pathways to Opportunity. PAUSE FOR REFLECTION. Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?. PAUSE FOR REFLECTION. Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?. PAUSE FOR REFLECTION.

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an information session for parents

Talking

Opportunities

An Information Session for Parents

slide2

Pathways to

Opportunity

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

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Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

the transition to high school
The Transition to High School
  • Talking Opportunities Parent Presentation
  • Secondary School Guidance Counsellors visit Grade 8 Classes to distribute course selection information packages (Jan/Feb)
  • Grade 8 Information Evening and Open House at the Secondary School (Dec/Jan/Feb)
  • Grade 8 Tour of the School (May/June)
  • Grade 9 Registration Day (Aug)
  • Grade 9 Parent Information Night (Sept)
agenda
Agenda
  • Introduction and Rationale
  • Pathways Presentation
  • Guidance Services and Career Cruising Websites
  • Q & A
slide10

Post-secondary destinations

Post-secondary destinations

Career

Development

Interpersonal

Development

Student Development

Skills Development

Destination-based courses 10- 11

Destination-based courses 10 - 11

Transition Periods

Elementary to secondary 6 - 10

Elementary to secondary 6 - 10

Pathways to Opportunity 6-12

Apprenticeship ~ College ~ Community Living ~ University ~ Workplace

OYAP

Co-op

Programs

Work Experience

Job Shadowing/

Twinning

SCHOOL-WORK PROGRAM

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY

SELF KNOWLEDGE JOURNEY

AUTHENTIC/ EXPERIENTIAL

LEARNING

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Most employment sectors have a full range of employment opportunities:

scientist

engineer

technologist

technician

skilled

trades

person

skilled

trades

assistant

University degree

(4-6 yr.)

University Degree (4-6 yr.)

College diploma (3 yr.)

College diploma (2 yr.)

Apprenticeship Certification

(2-5 yr.)

On the job

Training

(1 – 2 yr.)

More conceptual

More hands-on

slide12

The Pathways

  • Students in Ontario have many options for post secondary training.
  • They can choose from 28 colleges, 19 universities, hundreds of private career colleges, over 140 apprenticeship opportunities and on the job training programs.
the apprenticeship pathway
The Apprenticeship Pathway
  • a “hands-on” training program that has existed
  • for 1,000’s of years
  • one of Ontario’s best kept secrets of post-secondary training
slide14

The Skilled Trades

  • These high demand, highly skilled, highly practical careers are now referred to as “Gold Collar Careers” since many trades people can earn $50,000-$75,000 within 3-5 years of high school graduation
  • Students and parents need to pay more attention to this pathway as a powerful means of obtaining practical experience and skills, keeping in mind that over 50 % of Ontario’s Grade 9 students do not choose to pursue either a college diploma or a university degree.
  • YRDSB offers the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) program starting in Grade 11 – students earn high school credits while they explore career opportunities in the skilled trades.
the principles of apprenticeship training
The Principles ofApprenticeship Training
  • training is experiential (85-90% occurs ‘on-the-job’, and 10-15% takes place in the classroom)
  • apprentices earn while they learn
  • success requires competencies in Math, English and Science and an aptitude for applied technology
  • leads to a wide variety of rewarding careers in the industrial, transportation, construction and service sectors of Ontario’s economy
the 33 construction trades include

The 33 constructiontrades include:

Plumber

Power Line Worker

Refrigeration/AC Mechanic

Roofer

Steam Fitter

Sheet Metal Worker

Carpenter

Electrician

Crane Operator

Glazier

Drywall Finisher/Plasterer

Mason

Painter

the 20 motive power trades include
The 20 motive power trades include:

Auto Body Tech.

Automotive Painter

Auto Service Technician

Partsperson

Small Engine Mechanic

Marine Engine Repairer

Heavy Duty Technician

Transmission Technician

Motorcycle Technician

Truck/Coach Technician

the 48 industrial trades include
The 48 industrialtrades include:

Aircraft Mtce. Engineer

Blacksmith

Cabinetmaker

Draftsperson

CNC Programmer

Facilities Mtce. Mechanic

Fitter

General Machinist

Hydraulic Mechanic

Industrial Electrician

Locksmith

Mould Maker

Ski lift Mechanic

Tool & Die Maker

Welder

the 34 service trades include
The 34 servicetrades include:

Agriculture Technician

Appliance Service Tech

Arborist

Baker

Cook

Child/Youth Worker

Construction Craft Worker

ECE

Education Ass’t

Pool & Hot Tub/Spa Tech.

Retail Meat Cutter

Electronic Service Tech

Hairstylist

Horse Groomer

Horticultural Technician

IT support analyst

Network cabling

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Many employment sectors have a full range of training opportunities:

Social Work

Child &

Youth

Studies

Child &

Youth Worker

Child &

Youth Worker

Graduate degree

(Masters)

University Degree (4-6 yr.)

College diploma (3 yr.)

Apprenticeship Certification

(2-5 yr.)

More conceptual

More hands-on

wage information
Wage Information

Trade

1st Yr. Appr.

Journeyperson

Carpenter

$14.08/hr (union)

$45-55,000

Brick Mason

$14-16/hr

$45-55,000

Refrig/AC Tech.

$14-17/hr

$60,000 +

Sheet Metal

$14-16/hr

$60,000 +

Auto Service Tech

$10-14/hr

$40-50,000

General Machinist

$11-13/hr

$45-50,000

Tool & Die Maker

$14-17/hr

$60,000 +

Horticulture Tech.

$10-14/hr

$35,000

ECE

$9-10/hr

$22,000

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TheCollegePathway

  • Community college programs provide a valuable combination of academic and practical/technical skills training for a specific career
  • There are almost 600 programs to choose from at Ontario’s community colleges, including Business Administration, Biomedical Technology, Computer Animation, Engineering Technology, Paramedic, and Social Worker
  • Seneca College tells us that York University is their biggest feeder school as University Grads discover that they require practical job skills in addition to theory
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University  College

Program links between colleges and universities are increasing dramatically by offering:

  • joint programs that will provide students with both the theoretical and practical skills required for their career and earn them a degree and a diploma in four years, and,
  • Multiple opportunities for transfer between colleges and universities exist.
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TheUniversityPathway

  • University programs provide theoretical academic training
  • In general, there are 5 main types of programs at most universities:
          • Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
          • Life/Health Sciences
          • Physical/Engineering Sciences
          • Business/Commerce
          • Professional programs
the workplace pathway
TheWorkplacePathway

Remember we are all going to work but we enter the workforce at different times in our lives!

  • There are many viable entry-level job opportunities for students who have completed their OSSD and have workplace experiences. Students who are fast-tracking into the workforce/community directly after high school should:
        • work with guidance, community-based education, subject teachers, employment centres to create a personal portfolio (resume, cover letters, letters of reference, successes, etc.) to present to prospective employers, and,
        • be aware that cooperative education is an important component of workplace preparation.
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The “New” World of Work: Current Realities of the 21st Century

  • increased demand for technological literacy skills
  • decreased demand for unskilled labour
  • new flexibility in the work place – growing

dependence on part-time, contract or free-lance

“work” v.s. life-long employment

  • increase in self-employment (82% of York region

employers are small business)

  • “Life-long career” is being replaced by 6-8 different

careers during one’s working life

  • Commitment to life-long learning a requirement of

most employment

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Paradigm Shift

  • OLD: Choose a DESTINATION
    • “What will you be when ...”
  • NEW: Follow your HEART
    • “Who are you now?”
    • “What are your special skills, abilities, talents, gifts (assets)?”
    • “Who needs what you like to do?”
    • “What work arrangements might
    • make sense?”
    • “What skills do you need to acquire or enhance to manage your career?”
tips for parents
Tips for Parents
  • Help your teen understand who they are
  • Honour your teen’s decisions
  • Help your teen explore a variety of careers and extra-curricular activities
  • Encourage your teen to apply for a Co-op Education Program
  • Help your teen develop good work habits
tips for parents1
Tips for Parents…
  • Help your teen build a personal portfolio
  • Provide advice on money management
  • Recognize the importance of setting directions for the future by encouraging your teen to:
      • Consider long-range planning options
      • Research job opportunities
      • Set aside time for reflection and discussion
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Course Selection for all Pathways

Compulsory credits

Option credits

All students need to be aware of prerequisites for course selection and for post- secondary destinations. Option credits provide opportunities to explore other areas of interest &/or “hands-on” experiential learning opportunities.

think about your own career journey
Think about your own Career Journey
  • Help your teen to be mindful of the destination, but focus primarily on the journey.
  • Remember that pathways are changeable and flexible. As interests, skills and aptitudes develop and mature, there will be many opportunities for your teen to re-chart their journey.
opening doors
Opening Doors
  • When our children choose courses for Secondary school it is important that they do some honest self assessment, matching their ability with their interests and aptitudes.
  • When we choose courses based on a concern about “closing doors” we are suggesting that the door locks behind us. Initial decisions made in grade 8 are not “final” decisions. There are many pathways to the destination they dream of!
slide35

Pathways to Opportunity

College

International

Travel/Educ’n

Work

School

Apprenticeship

University

Private Training

Which path will your teen choose?

slide36
Career cruising is a web-based career exploration and planning tool that your teen uses to explore career and education options and create a comprehensive career portfolio. It includes the following features:
  • Interest and skills assessments
  • Detailed career profiles
  • Multimedia interviews
  • Apprenticeship, college and university information
  • Electronic career portfolio
  • Resume Builder

Check it out at www.careercruising.com

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Guidance Services Website

  • For links to more information on high school programming, the YRDSB course calendar, post-secondary options and career exploration visit

www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/guidance.services

Check out the excellent sections entitled

“About Grade 9”

“About Possible Destinations”

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money

while enjoying doing this?

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PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Can you see your child earning money while enjoying doing this?

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Can you see your child

earning money

while enjoying a career

involving one of these?