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Career Education

Winnipeg School Division is committed to inspiring students to achieve academic success, reach goals and enter the workforce. Preparing for the workforce is an important outcome of education and through WSD career development, students learn their own strengths and interests.

Through a variety of curriculum choices, programs and events, Winnipeg School Division students are able to explore possible future career options. WSD partners with organizations and businesses to monitor the labour market for Winnipeg youth and provide the tools, technology and skills they need to lead to meaningful careers.

In the early 1990's, WSD created the School-to-Work initiative to promote career education to all schools at all grade levels across the division. School-to-Work Transition Education helps students learn the competencies they need, lifelong, to be healthy, self-reliant and resilient citizens, able to find work they love in times of constant workforce change. The program includes four main areas: curriculum relevancy, skill development, career building and world of work awareness and readiness.

Off-Campus Apprenticeship Program

Our Off-Campus Apprenticeship programs offer students the opportunity to acquire the training and experience necessary to start a career in the skilled trades and are available to any student attending a Winnipeg School Division High School.

High School Apprenticeship Program

The WSD High School Apprenticeship Support Teacher collaborates with divisional vocational teachers to provide students with an understanding of apprenticeship pathways in planning for entrance into Manitoba's Apprenticeship programming. Students are encouraged to attend a High School Apprenticeship information seminar to learn more about this opportunity.

WSD currently has two off-site Apprenticeship Programs in partnerships (Plumbing and Pipe Trades, Electrical). Other partnerships include the Aerospace Industry at Tec Voc High School with Standard Aero, Magellan Aerospace and Boeing; the Medical Career program at Children of the Earth High School with Pan Am Clinic, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Health Sciences Centre and the University of Manitoba Access Program.

Vocational Schools

WSD has work placement programs at Tec Voc High School, which has 100 plus community employers and R. B. Russell Vocational High School with 50 community employers.

Take our Kids to Work Day

This is a national initiative that invites students in Grade 9 to spend a day at work with a parent, relative or volunteer host to help them learn about today's workplace and explore possible future career options open to them. About 1,500 students in Winnipeg School Division participated in this year's event which was held Nov. 2, 2016.

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Director of Career Education:
Chris Rhodes
1577 Wall Street East
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 2S5
Phone: 204-789-0458​
Fax: 204-772-6464


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