Afundamental component of the Work-Oriented Training Path (WOTP) is the practicum; students spend time training in the workplace to develop specific competencies from the Directory of Semiskilled Trades which are documented in their personal training plan.
Typically, the end of year evaluation and reporting is based on year-long assessment(s) (for more info on this see- Making the Grade: End of Year Evaluation and Reporting). Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students were unable to complete their practicum hours given the shut down of schools, quarantine measures and closure of most businesses. How does this affect end-of-year evaluation and reporting?
Amendments to the Basic School Regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education (BSR) that apply for the 2019-2020 school year were published the Gazette Officielle de Quebec on June 3, 2020. Sections 33. and 33.1 refer to the Work-Oriented Training Path and certification. The following tables summarize the above mentioned sections.
Prework Training Certification for 2019-2020
The following required hours pertain to PWT Year 3 students who will potentially obtain certification.
As always, Prework Training (PWT) certification is based upon the successful completion of the Work Skills program. This year’s amendments to the BSR have reduced the total required hours for a school year from 900h to 550h (for 2019-2020), thus reducing the required hours for the Work Skills program from 600h to 300h (Please see table).
Furthermore, it is important to note that the Framework for the Evaluation of Learning for Work Skills in PWT is also a key element in evaluation and reporting. The Framework outlines the program requirements with respect to the competencies.
Training for a Semiskilled Trade Certification for 2019-2020
Similarly, Training for a Semiskilled Trade (TST) certification is based upon the successful completion of the practical training components: Preparation for the Job Market and Preparation for a Semiskilled Trade. With the recent amendments to the BSR reducing the total required hours for a school year from 900h to 550h (for 2019-2020), the required hours for the practical training components of the TST program were reduced from 450h to 250h (Please see table).
As in PWT, The Framework for the Evaluation of Learning for the Preparation for a Semiskilled Trade program and the Framework for the Evaluation of Learning for the Job Preparation program in TST specify the program requirements with respect to the competencies.
At the end of year, all of your students’ the hard work, successes, challenges and growth are encapsulated in a final evaluation. In measuring their success at fulfilling the required program competencies and reflecting on the past year, hopefully you have witnessed a genuine evolution. A transformation not only marked by their successful certification but also visible through their words about themselves, their actions toward others and their plans for a bright future.
Congratulations to all the 2019-2020 graduates!