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Work Transition:

Get a quick start to your transition from high school to employment.

What is Work Transition?

Work Transition is part of a school pathway suitable for many high school students. Work Transition is a School to Career Program that combines on the job experience and training with related in-school courses. Work Transition helps students develop specific skills, knowledge and experience required for full-time employment.


How does it work?

  • Students earn credits while gaining work experience in a Cooperative Education placement in their final semester(s) of secondary school.
  • Work Transition placements are Coop placements specifically designed to provide on the job training for potential employment upon completion of their coop.


Why Work Transition?

The workplace provides opportunities for many students to develop and demonstrate their talents and skills. Students can gain valuable work experience leading to full time employment. There is a constant demand and growing opportunity in our area for employment in the Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Hospitality, Retail, Transportation, and Service sectors.

Some students decide to go directly to the work place upon completion of secondary school. Some may choose to work for a year or two before going on to post secondary education programs. Work transition gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and community connections they will require after their completion of secondary school.


Food for Thought:

  • More than one third of our current workforce will be retiring in the next 5-10 years.
  • The majority of graduating students in Ontario choose to go directly to work after secondary school.
  • Students need both academic and practical skills to be successful in today's workforce.



Work Transition Benefits Students


Why get involved?

Work Transition will:

  • Provide you with the opportunity for a smoother transition from school to employment.
  • Help you match your skills and interests to a rewarding career.
  • Help you be part of the solution to Ontario's skilled and educated labour shortage.
  • Help you plan a school pathway of relevant, meaningful courses and experiences.

What can I do to prepare?

  • Communications, mathematics, science and technology are key courses for career success. Choose your courses wisely.
  • In Grade 11, take extra math or compulsory courses to leave your final grade 12 semester completely open for a Work Transition Coop Placement.
  • Develop job specific skills needed by today's employers.


Work Transition Benefits Employers


Why get involved?

  • Access a competent and highly skilled workforce.
  • Contribute to the education and training of students as they enter the workforce.
  • Assist students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary for job success.
  • Partner with education in an effort to fulfill current workforce demands.

What is the employers' role?

  • Provide a half- to full-day Coop placement for a student.
  • Be a potential employer.
  • Provide an outline of entry-level skills students need for success.
  • Provide on-the-job experience and training.

How does an employer get involved?

  • Call or e-mail the Halton Industry Education Council.
  • Contact the Coop teacher at your local secondary school.

Work Transition may lead to job opportunities and training in growing sectors of the economy:

  • Retail Sales
  • Parts supply
  • Other jobs of interest to the student
  • Assemblers
  • Machine Operator
  • Computers
  • Technical Sales
  • Logistics
  • Office Work

Work transition is a partnership between:

  • Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Halton Industry Education Council
  • Halton District school Board
  • Ministry of Education


How can I get more information?


Visit your School Guidance Counsellor. Your Guidance Counsellor will provide information about:

  • School to Career Programs
  • Parent-Student School to Career Information evenings
  • Visits to School to Career Programs 'in action'.
  • The School to Career Program application process.

What do I select on my option sheet?

See your School Guidance Counsellor.

School to Career Program Contact Information:

See your School Guidance Counsellor.



For more information, please contact Greg Murray, School Work Transition Facilitator at HIEC, 905-634-2575 ext 17.