The purpose of Training for a Semiskilled Trade (TST) is to prepare students to meet the demands of life in society and the world of work. The training lasts for one year and leads to an official training certificate in a semiskilled trade, granted by the Minister.

The general education programs – language of instruction, Mathematics, and second language – are those of the Québec Education Program Secondary Cycle One. The students thus continue their general education and will later be able to develop competencies of a higher level.

The practical training programs are Preparation for the Job Market and Preparation for a Semiskilled Trade. Competencies are developed using the work-study approach. Students who want to take further training can continue their studies in vocational training at the secondary level if they meet certain conditions. They can also return to General Education or Applied General Education. However, some will choose to enter the job market. In all cases, it is up to the school to make students aware of the importance of continuing to learn.

Excerpted from the Quebec Education Program, Work-Oriented Training Path, Chapter 5, page 6.

Teaching and Learning Tools

The following documents have been created by DEEN-CREATE and the WOTP Project Development Officer.


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
  • 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


ELA: Thursday, October 12, 2017 for ELA teachers (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at the Riverside School Board, 7525 Chambly Road, Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 0N7. Dr. Lynn Senecal, Coordinator of the Inclusive Schools Network, will lead a special literacy day designed specifically for WOTP ELA teachers. (This day will not meet the needs of math, science, ASP teachers, etc.) RSVP Sept 27

FSL:  Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for FSL teachers (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at Christmas Park Elementary School, 422 Beaconsfield Blvd Beaconsfield, H9W 4B7. Marc-Albert Paquette, FSL Consultant, LBPSB will lead a special literacy day designed specifically for WOTP FSL teachers. (This day will not meet the needs of (math, science, ASP teachers, etc.). RSVP Sept 27.

Day One: Monday, September 25, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) at the Pearson Electrotechnology Centre, 5000 rue Rene Huget, Montreal QC H8T 1M7 (514-798-1818). RSVP Sept 18.

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

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 

MEES Documents

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 2016-2017* 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

Student Testimonial Videos

In the testimonials below, students from across Quebec candidly share their personal stories about working and learning within the Prework Training program.  Congratulations to each of the students for their thoughtful reflections, perseverance and hard work!

These testimonials showcase a wide range of work placements and educational opportunities. It is important to remember that each student’s work experience within Prework Training will be unique, based upon the opportunities available within the local community and the interests and abilities of the student.  Certification within Prework Training depends upon the mastery of seven individual competencies drawn from any job title found in the official MEES Directory of Semiskilled Trades.

Morgan Scully from Pontiac High School, WQSB

Kevin Latraverse, TST student from Rosemere High School, SWLSB

Christopher Dymond from Adams PACE, RSB

Mackenzie Palmer & DeShawn Sincennes from St. Michael’s High School, WQSB

Jonathan Fortin from Pontiac High School, WQSB

Rocco Panza from Rosemere High School, SWLSB

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
To be determined

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