Careers in the trades are increasingly attractive in our age of technology and knowledge management which have enhanced traditional occupations and created new ones. Students in the Exploration of Vocational Training program (Explo) have an opportunity to do a self-assessment for a career in the trades, and discover which trades would be a good fit for them. In addition, they will visit technology training centres, learn about academic paths to the trades, and get some hands-on experience. Teacher resources to guide students on their exploration of vocational training are under the links below.

Teaching and Learning Tools includes the material created by LEARN, the DEEN-CREATE sub-committee, and the Career Development teaching community. It includes the Graphic Organizers and Activities, Getting Started, brief videos which will walk you through the KEP process, and a placemat that lays out the KEP process on a single page. Professional Learning includes material from webinars, workshops, and conferences, as well as information about upcoming PD events. Curated Resources consists of links (with brief descriptions) to useful, vetted external resources. Finally, the MEES Resources section includes links to the program documents, the frameworks for the evaluation of learning, and other related resources co-created by the Ministry such as the POP Index and POP Links.

Career Community News

Career Community News* highlights school and community activities, events, and projects related to the Career Development subject area, as well as information, resources, tips, and tools for teachers of POP, Explo, and EN.

Please report any broken links immediately to the website coordinator
For information about the Explo please contact Marsha Gouett

*Career Community News is published by DEEN-CREATE in collaboration with Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), Direction du soutien au réseau éducatif anglophone (DSREA), and is funded by MEES through contributions from the Canada-Québec Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second-Language Instruction. coming soon . . .

Professional Learning

This section includes relevant workshops, webinars, conferences, newsletters, and other resources for learning to teach Career Development.

Winter 2019: LCEEQ


Call for proposals Download

Workshop on the Frameworks for Evaluating Student Learning

New Orientations in Evaluation and Reporting (effective July 1, 2011) PPT. Download

Career Development Newsletter Archives

The Career Development and Work-Oriented Training Program Info (CDI) newsletter 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.

  • 2013-2014

    • Spring 2014, No. 15 Download
    • Fall 2013, No. 14 Download
  • 2012-2013

    • Spring 2013, No. 13 Download
    • Fall 2012, No. 12 Download
  • 2011-2012

    • Spring 2012, No. 11 Download
    • Fall 2011, No. 10 Download
  • 2010-2011

    • April 2011, No. 9 Download
    • February/March 2011, No. 8 Download
    • January 2011, No. 7 Download
    • November 2010, No. 6 Download
    • October 2010, No. 5 Download
    • September 2010, No. 4 Getting started Download
  • 2009-2010

    • Spring/Summer 2010, No. 3 Download
    • Winter 2010, No. 2 Download
    • Fall 2009, No. 1 Download

MELS Information Bulletin Archives

Info POP-EXPLO-EN bulletins targeted the English sector educational community in order to share news, information, project development, and so on, whether related to the work of the program team or the evaluation team.

  • Info POP-Explo-EN Volume 5, number 1, Fall 2012 Download
  • Info POP-Explo-EN Volume 4, number 1, Fall 2011 Download
  • Info POP-Explo-EN Volume 3, number 2, Spring 2011 Download
  • Info POP-Explo-En Volume 2, number 3, Spring 2010 Download
  • Info POP-Explo-EN Volume 2, number 2, Winter 2010 Download
  • Info POP-Explo-EN Volume 2, number 1, Fall 2009 Download

Curated Resources

This section includes resources external to MEES and LEARN that have been vetted by teachers and consultants to ensure their relevance.

Heading for Success: This site provides information for youth about employment opportunities and careers offered that demand either high school vocational training or Cegep technical training. It includes an online inventory of vocational interests and students receive an electronic report on possible trades for them. Go to site Note: This MEES site is being re-vamped and launched in French first (as Emplois d'Avenir), with English version to follow.

Aptitude Test - Heading for Success: Go to site

InforouteFPT: In collaboration with Emploi Québec provides comprehensive information on Vocational and Technical Training (VTT). Go to site

Labour Market Information (Emploi Québec): Explore a trade; Find a training program; Find out about a sector of activity. Go to site

TOP 50 in vocational and technical training - Heading for Success): Features programs which meet the following criteria: lead to careers for which employment prospects in the next five years are good or very good; and higher registration needed to fill expected workforce needs. Go to site
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) promotes apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education. Careersintrades covers: "Why the Trades? What’s an Apprenticeship? Where do I start? Resources" and includes apprenticeship programs. Go to site 

Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC): The S/CC mission is "to encourage and support a coordinated Canadian approach to promoting skilled trades and technologies to youth." The Government of Canada and other national and international agencies have identified and validated nine key essential skills for the workplace. S/CC also conducts programs and holds competitions throughout the year. Go to site 

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2018 (NSTTW) S/CC launches this years NSTTW on November 6, 2018. Skilled trade and technology careers are important for our economy and an excellent career path; this week-long event is to promote and host awareness raising events around the many career opportunities in skilled trades and technology in Canada. Go to site 

National Occupational Classification (NOC): The NOC provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market. It gives statisticians, labour market analysts, career counselors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work. The NOC is used for defining and collecting statistics, managing information databases, analyzing labour market trends, and extracting practical career planning information. Go to site

Building your vocational intelligence: Special edition of Centrepiece and The GOAL Post, Fall, 2009. Go to site

ClicVoc: Vocational Training on the Island of Montreal: ClicVoc. Go to site


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MEES Resources

MEES Program Documents (PDF on MEES site) Go to site

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning (PDF on MEES site) Go to Site

Facilitate and encourage access to vocational training: MEES, Path 12 of "13 Paths to Success." Go to site

POP Index (MEES and Commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin (CSBE): The POP Index is an online catalogue of links supporting students’ career exploration processes for the Career Development Programs: POP, Explo, and EN. Go to Site

POP Links (MEES and Commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin (CSBE): On the POP Links websites students will find all of the associated URL links, videos and documentation needed to complete the tool kit activities. Go to site