Training for a Semiskilled Trade

The one-year Training for a Semiskilled Trade (TST) program provides focused training in the workplace leading to certification in a designated semiskilled trade, in addition to the opportunity for intensive academic study in the three core academic subjects: English Language Arts; Mathematics; and, French Second Language.

The sections below contain a rich variety of resources to support teachers in providing high-quality instruction adapted to the needs of their students. Under Teaching and Learning Tools you will find Learning and Evaluation Situations developed by Québec teachers specifically for the TST program, in addition to other locally-developed resources. For even more teaching resources, check out the recommended links under Curated Resources. Information about our vibrant WOTP Mentoring: Communities of Practice project is under Professional Learning; links to the official MEES Directory of Semiskilled Trades and curriculum documents can be found under MEES Resources; and, finally, don’t miss hearing directly from our students themselves through their compelling video testimonials.

Teaching and Learning Tools

The resources below have been developed to align with the Québec Education Program (QEP) for Training for a Semiskilled Trade. Contributions can be found from a variety of educators across Québec: WOTP teachers, WOTP consultants and other members of the DEEN-CREATE Subcommittee, and the WOTP Project Development Officer. The QEP for Training for a Semiskilled Trade supports flexible pedagogy and differentiated instruction; teachers are encouraged to adapt or modify these resources to meet the needs of their students as required.

*Note: Please report any broken links immediately to to the website coordinator.


English Language Arts
Français langue seconde

  • ELA LES: Making Sense of Sex: Sex and Making Healthy Choices Download
  • ELA LES: How do Public Service Announcements Influence Us? Download
  • ELA LES: Math in the Real World: Road Trip Download
  • ELA LES: Persuasion 101 Download
  • ELA LES Propaganda 101 Download
  • WHMIS Pictograms Template (English) Download
  • WHMIS Pictograms Template (French) Download

Math, Science and Technology


  • LES: Gearing up for Summer Download
  • LES: My mobile Canteen Small Business Download
  • ELA LES: Math in the Real World: Road Trip Download

Career Development

Preparation for the Job Market
Preparation for a Semiskilled Trade

  • Preparation for the Job Market Curriculum Map Download
  • PJM LES: My Portrait Download
  • Summary of the Directory of Semiskilled Trades Download
  • English list of semiskilled trades. Download 
  • French list of semiskilled trades. Download 
  • WHMIS Pictograms Template - English Download
  • WHMIS Pictograms Template - French Download

Evaluation Tools

Additional Resources

  • TST Subjects and Allocated Hours Download

Professional Learning

WOTP Mentoring Communities of Practice


Day Five: April 18, 2018 at St Pius, 9955 Papineau Avenue, Montreal Quebec H2B 1Z9 (514) 381-5440.

Day Four: February 7, 2018 at St Pius, 9955 Papineau Avenue, Montreal Quebec H2B 1Z9 (514) 381-5440.

Day Three: October 12, 2017 for ELA teachers with Dr. Lynn Senecal, Coordinator of the Inclusive Schools Network.

Day Two: October 10, 2017 for FSL teachers with Marc-Albert Paquette, FSL Consultant, LBPSB.

Day One: September 25, 2017

Refer to the lists below for available resources from previous mentoring days.




  • Day 1 Agenda Download
  • Day 1 Presentation Download
  • Day 1 Exit Card Feedback Download
  • Day 2 Agenda Download
  • Day 2 Presentation Download
  • Day 2 Chalk Talk Download
  • Day 2 Dyslexia and the Workplace Download
  • Day 2 Instructional, Environmental and Assessment Adaptations Download
  • Day 2 Learning Disabilities - Definitions and Characteristics Download
  • Day 2 Links to Documents about Special Education in Quebec Download
  • Day 2 Mental Illness in the Workplace Download
  • Day 2 Poem about Dyslexia Download
  • Day 2 Understanding Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities Download 
  • Day 2 Exit Card Feedback Download
  • Day 3 Agenda Download
  • Day 3 Presentation Download
  • Day 3 Emergent Themes from the Directory of Semiskilled Trades Download
  • Day 3 Exploring our Unique Attributes Download
  • Day 3 IWW Workplace Template with Example Download
  • Day 3 Exit Card Feedback Download
  • Day 4 Agenda Download
  • Day 4 Data on file - Dictionary of Terms Download
  • Day 4 End of Year Reflections and Suggestions Template Download
  • Day 4 Eveline Taylor Fakebook LES Download
  • Day 4 LINKS Coffeetable Book Project Download
  • Day 4 Preparing for the Workforce - Building a Digital Portfolio Download
  • Day 4 Supportive Teaching Strategies Download
  • Day 4 The Wall Construction Project Download
  • Classroom Connections Project - Presentation of the First Task Download
  • Classroom Connections Project - Letter of Introduction and Instructions for the First Task Download
  • Classroom Connections Project - Links to School Tour Videos Download
  • Differentiation Project - Outline Download
  • Differentiation Project - History of Learning Space Download
  • Differentiation Project - Book Descriptions Download
  • Differentiation Project - Student Investigation Chart Template & Examples Download
  • Differentiation Project - Student Investigation Charts with Resource Links Download



  • Day 1 Agenda Download
  • Day 1 Presentation Download
  • Day 2 Agenda Download
  • Day 3 Presentation Download
  • Day 3 A Brief Introduction to Differentiation Download
  • Day 3 The ABC's of Mental Health - Meeting the Needs Withiin a School Context Download

Newsletter Archives

The Career Development & WOTP Info (CDI) newsletter has targeted educators in POP, Explo, EN and WOTP. It has helped keep educators connected with the Anglophone education community, classroom pedagogy, technology, resources available, upcoming professional development opportunities and so much more. 

The issues listed here make specific reference to WOTP. 

Support Organizations 

ALDI (Advancing Learning in Differentiation and Inclusion) Go to site 

Centres of Excellence

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lester B. Pearson School Board Go to site 

Behaviour Management, Riverside School Board Go to site 

Inclusive Learning Resource Network (I-LRN), Riverside School Board Go to site 

Mental Health, Lester B. Pearson School Board Go to site 

Physically, Intellectually and Multi-Challenged, Eastern Townships School Board Go to site 

Speech and Language Development, English Montreal School Board Go to site 

Curated Resources

WOTP English Language Arts Download

WOTP French Second Language Download

WOTP Mathematics Download

Mental Health and Mindset Download

Workplace Safety

  • Young People at Work (CNESST) Go to Site 
  • Live Safe! Work Smart! (Ontario) Go to site 
  • Passport to Safety - setting the standard Go to site 
  • Le travail chez les jeunes au secondaire du Quebec. French only. This report from the Ministry of Health and Social Services presents research findings on secondary students who work part-time. Information on work-place injuries could be relevant in the context of WOTP work placements. (See pages 1, 8 and 9). Download

MEES Resources

Directory of Semiskilled Trades

Directory of Semiskilled Trades. Go to site

Répertoire des métiers semi-spécialisés Go to site 

Summary of the Directory of Semiskilled Trades 2017 - 2018* Download 
     *This summary document is intended as a convenient, quick reference tool. In all cases please consult the Directory of Semiskilled Trades link above. This summary is updated annually. 

TST Programs

WOTP Prework Training and Training for a Semiskilled Trade, Chapter 5 Go to site

Introduction to the QEP (common to all pathways), Chapters 1-4 Go to site

Program Documents by Subject Area

Frameworks for the Evaluation of Learning

Frameworks for the Evaluation of Learning Go to site (note: TST resources follow the PWT resources)

Other MEES Resources

Basic School Regulation (BSR or Régime pédagogique), Sections 23.3 to 23.5 Go to site

Guide to Organizing Practicums in the Workplace Download

Individualized Education Plans Go to site

Tax Credits for Practicums in the Workplace Go to site

TST Student Testimonial Videos

In the testimonials below, students candidly share their personal stories about working and learning within the Training for a Semiskilled Trade program. Congratulations to Kevin and Jeremy for their honesty, maturity, perseverance and hard work! In addition to displaying these exceptional qualities, the students from Howard S. Billings High School also receive our admiration for their perfect comedic timing!

It is important to remember that each student’s work experience within the Training for a Semiskilled Trade program will be unique, based upon the opportunities available within the local community and the interests and abilities of the student.  Certification within Training for a Semiskilled Trade depends upon the mastery of all the competencies required to perform a specific Semiskilled Trade, as found in the MEES Directory of Semiskilled Trades.

Kevin Latraverse from Rosemere High School, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, 3rd Prize Winner, 2014-2015

Jeremy, First Prize Winner, 2013-2014


Justin Arthur-Adjei, Justin Agard, John Jr. Chilcott, Shane Mayer, Anthony Ojeda and Devin Mayo from Howard S. Billings High School, New Frontiers School Board, 2nd Prize Winner, 2014-2015

WOTP Consultants

WOTP Consultants

2017 - 2018

Central Quebec School Board
Jill Robinson and Marjolaine Quer

Cree School Board
George Oblin

Eastern Shores School Board
Guy Gallibois

Eastern Townships School Board
Jennifer Hall

English Montreal School Board
Travis Hall

Lester B. Pearson School Board
Dianea Phillips

Littoral School Board
Jean-François Rodrigue

New Frontiers School Board
Kara Johnstone

Riverside School Board
Louise Bourque

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
Joanna McKay

Western Quebec School Board
Steve Greig

WOTP Project Development Officer
Ingrid Hove Gust