Career Planning

Visit Saanich Career Education home page at the following link for detailed information on our wide array of career courses and programs including Business, Health & Human Services, Technology, Trades, and Work Experience:

For more detailed information see the following link to the Saanich Career Education web page: Career Planning

Long-term work experience is open to Grade 10, 11 or 12 students who have an interest in pursuing any career field. See also the Shared Partnerships section of this Course Guide.

Work Experience - 30 Hour Graduation Requirement

For more detailed information see the following link to the Saanich Career Education web page: Work Experience - 30 hour

“30-hour Work Experience” is one of five components required for Grad Transitions/Career Life Connections (2020-2021) that the Ministry of Education requires from all graduating students. Details about the 30-hour work experience requirement and the other components of Grad Transitions are outlined on Stelly’s website. Credit for the Grad Transitions 30-hour component can be granted retroactively for work experience already completed. To complete the required minimum 30-hour work experience, a student may participate in one or more of the following venues: day shadowing (a series of short-term industry visits) school-arranged work experience, work experience “challenge” (previous or current employment) volunteer work, mentoring, or entrepreneurship. The goal of this work experience requirement is to become aware of and practice employability skills such as punctuality, communication, teamwork as well as positive work ethics and attitudes. Students may choose work experience to train for entry-level employment or a placement related to future career goals.

WEx 12A and WEx 12B

For more detailed information see the following link to the Saanich Career Education web page: WEx

In Work Experience 12A & 12B, a student spends 100-240 hours training at one or more worksites. By doing this, skills are learned and questions answered before career decisions are made. Students either choose work according to their current interests or a focus area. Students usually work during the evenings or weekends, but may also work during the regular school day depending on their program and class meeting schedule.

Benefits of Work Experience are:

  • 4-8 credits toward graduation
  • resume and covering letter creation
  • pre-employment job training
  • learning how to run your own business
  • making valuable industry contacts
  • apprenticeship opportunities
  • some paid work experience placements
  • answering questions about oneself
  • opportunity to explore an employment area of interest
  • opportunity to gain credit toward grad for learning that happens outside the school

Completion of WEx 12A or WEx 12B satisfies the “30-hour Work Experience” requirement of the Grad Transitions package. To get started, see Stu Rhodes in the Career Centre or choose WEx 12A (also add WEx 12B if you want 8 Graduation credits) on your course selection form. You may try to timetable it into the last block of each school day to have early release to attend the work site.

If you have further questions, contact Stu Rhodes (250) 544-0313 or (250) 415-9211 (cell) or via email:

Workforce Certificate Training

Workforce certificate training is a new program being proposed by the Ministry of Education. While specific details are not yet available, we believe this program will provide students with credit for certificates completed that related to a selected career path. Please be in direct contact with career coordinators to obtain more detail if you have completed work preparation certificates.