The three-year Prework Training (PWT) program is designed to provide students with a gradual transition into work and community life, in addition to academic instruction aligned with each student’s needs, abilities and IEP goals. The Prework Training certificate attests to students’ general employability skills.
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 PWT 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.
WorkPress: WOTP Community News
The WorkPress: WOTP Community News* blog/newsletter offers inspiring articles for teachers, technicians/job coaches, consultants, principals, and guidance counsellors teaching or supporting the PWT and TST programs in their schools.Go to site
*WorkPress is published by DEEN-CREATE, in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), Direction du soutien au réseau éducatif anglophone (DSREA), and is funded by the MEES, through contributions from the Canada-Québec Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction.
Teaching and Learning Tools
The resources below have been developed to align with the Québec Education Program (QEP) for Prework Training. 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 Prework Training supports flexible pedagogy and differentiated instruction; teachers are encouraged to adapt or modify these resources to meet the needs of their students as required.
The following documents are handy overviews of the Career Development programs in PWT: Preparation for the Job Market (Years 1-2-3), Introduction to the World of Work (Year 1) and Work Skills (Years 2 and 3). Each document lists the program competencies, the key features and learning targets of the competencies, and the evaluation criteria. As well, program content (concepts and strategies) and resources are summarized in easy-to-read charts. These documents may prove helpful at report card time!
Day 3 A Brief Introduction to Differentiation Download
Day 3 The ABC's of Mental Health - Meeting the Needs Within a School Context Download
Winter 2020: LCEEQ
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QPAT Annual Teacher's Convention 2020
Montreal October 15-16, 2020. Deadline for workshop proposals is March 6, 2020.
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QPAT Annual Teacher's Convention 2019: WOTP Presentation, It's Never Too Late to Intervene!
This presentation by Jennifer Abrantes (WOTP Teacher, Laval Senior High School, SWLSB) and Joanna McKay (WOTP Project Development Officer) delves into "research-based interventions for adolescent struggling readers." Download
QPAT Annual Teacher's Convention 2018: WOTP Presentation, Making it Work!
This was an engaging and informative session facilitated by experienced WOTP teachers Patrick Cousins and Sandra Iacovozzi of Howard S. Billings High School, New Frontiers School Board. They shared experience and lessons learned in building a strong and successful WOTP program, in addition to recommending some interesting classroom-tested teaching resources. Presentation Download . Resource List Download .
CDI Newsletter Archives
The Career Development and Work-Oriented Training Program Info (CD) newsletter (2009-2014) targeted educators in POP, Explo, EN and WOTP. It 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 below make specific reference to WOTP. The complete CD newsletter archives is available on the Career Development pages under Professional Learning. Go to site
Ciarlante, Kate, Understanding Autism: An Employer's Guide, Organization for Autism Research, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 2012. This booklet "offers practical tips for integrating people with autism into the workplace." Includes job coaching. Suggestions in the tool for young autistic adults can also be of value for WOTP students. To download or order free copies, Go to site
Mental Health and Mindset
Curated Resources for Mental Health and Mindset Download
Nurturing Positive School Climate and Healthy Relationships, CEMH postcard Download
Risk Identification Tool: Occupational Health and Safety Management. CNESST 2016. Download
Passport to Safety - setting the standardGo 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
Summary of the Directory of Semiskilled Trades 2019-2010* 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.
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
Tax Credits for an On-the-Job Training Period Go to site
PWT 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, Western Québec School Board, 1st Prize 2014-2015
Christopher Dymond from Adams PACE, Riverside School Board, 2014-2015
Mackenzie Palmer and DeShawn Sincennes from St. Michael’s High School, Western Québec School Board, 2014-2015
Jonathan Fortin from Pontiac High School, Western Québec School Board, 2014-2015
Rocco Panza from Rosemere High School, Sir Wilfred laurier School Board, 2014-2015
Québec High School group video, Central Québec School Board, 2014-2015
Matt and Lena, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, Lester B. Pearson School Board, 2nd Prize Winners, 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
2020 - 2021
WOTP Project Development Officer Joanna McKay
Central Quebec School Board Jill Robinson and Marjolaine Quer
Cree School Board Jason Brand
Eastern Shores School Board To be determined
Eastern Townships School Board Kymberley Morin
English Montreal School Board Travis Hall
Lester B. Pearson School Board John Le Blanc
Littoral School Board Jean-François Rodrigue
New Frontiers School Board Kara Johnstone
Riverside School Board Louise Bourque
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Geneviève Ducharme
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