Training for a Semiskilled Trade (TST) is a one-year program designed for students who, at 15 years of age, are working at a Secondary Cycle One level in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
The TST program offers students the opportunity to focus their academic efforts on the three core academic subjects: English Language Arts, Mathematics and French Second Language, while at the same time training for a specific Semiskilled Trade. The work placement component of the program is compulsory. The experience students gain in the work force is an important part of the learning process and helps reinforce academic skills in a real-world context.
There are many semiskilled trades identified by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur offering a rich variety of job possibilities. For more information, visit the Directory of Semiskilled Trades Go to site
Students who successfully complete the TST program will receive an official Training Certificate for a Semiskilled Trade (TCST) granted by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur. The TCST indicates the specific Semiskilled Trade in which the student received training.
Academic performance is graded using percentages in the same manner as in the General Education Path. Upon completion of the TST program, some students may choose to enter the work force, but all students are encouraged to consider continuing their academic studies. TST students retain the right to continue their education in the youth sector, or they may also choose to enter the adult education sector.
In addition, students who complete a TCST and satisfy certain conditions may be admitted into a limited number of identified Vocational Training programs. Please speak to the Guidance Counsellor at your son or daughter’s school to learn more. View vocational training information via Inforoute. Go to site
TST Student Testimonial Videos
WOTP students participated in a video contest that ran during two academic years, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The theme was why "I love WOTP." View the TST student testimonials through the link at the bottom of the TST page. Go to TST page