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Career Information Spotlight Sessions

Generally an hour long presentation about a career area presented by a guest speaker. Students sign up for information sessions in the Career Centre. We are also interested in receiving suggestions for Spotlight Sessions .

Job Shadow

A one or two day work experience that involves the student going to the employer’s job site and participating in daily tasks. Job shadows give the student a better understanding of the job.

Work Experience/Career Exploration

The Career Centre will place students in good standing at job sites for informational interviews, job shadows as well as 30 hour work placements. The school arranged work placements are non-paid. All of these work placement hours can be accumulated and used towards the 30 hours required for Grad Transitions and Work Experience 12A and 12B.

Work Experience 12A and 12B (WEX)

Work Experience 12A and 12B courses are offered to students in Grade 11 and 12 and provides 4 – 8 credits depending on the number of volunteer, paid and/or career exploration hours completed. A minimum of 90 hours of work experience, in school approved work placements are required for each course. Hours also may be used from your current job after registering for the course and completing an orientation and a Work Experience Placement Agreement & Training Plan. As well as the hours spent within the work force, students must complete assignments on self-assessment, job seeking skills, career planning and post-secondary education and training.

Work Experience 12 is an excellent opportunity for those students who need credits to graduate and for those who need volunteer hours for post-secondary training.

Dual Credit Programs – Camosun College South Island Partnership (SIP)

While students are enrolled in secondary school, they can earn secondary school credits for graduation as well as start their post secondary career training.

Students who meet the prerequisites will have their tuition fee paid for by the School District, earn high school credits towards graduation, be enrolled as a Camosun College student and earn first year of college where appropriate.

Students typically go to Camosun in their Grade 12 year but apply in Grade 11.

For more detailed information go to: http://camosun.ca/learn/lync/ or see the Career Centre.

Applications for these programs can be picked up in the Career Centre.

Youth Work in Trades 

480 Hours of Paid Work = 16 credits

Students who are working for a Trades Qualified Journey Person can earn up to 16 high school credits for 480 work based training hours. Students are registered as apprentices with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and their hours are reported to the ITA. Students are eligible for a $1,000.00 award if, The Ministry of Education’s criteria are met.

Students must register through the Career Centre.

Automotive Technology

Belmont is the only school in the Sooke School District which  offers  Automotive Technology classes ranging from Technology Education (Mechanics 10)  to advanced Grade 12 level classes in Automotive Electronics and Engines & Drive Trains.

Through the many Automotive classes,  students will learn the practical skills including shop safety and shop practices associated with the use of tools and equipment commonly used in a mechanical environment.  Students will expand upon their learning through an investigation of automotive engines & components designs, automotive diagnostic and repair skills such as  engine rebuilding and measurement, starting systems, vehicle servicing, brakes, steering and suspension, electrical systems . A valid driver’s license and ownership of a vehicle is strongly recommended in the senior classes.  Each class is 4 credits.


Belmont is the only school in the Sooke School District which  offers Cosmetology and Esthetics elective classes for students in Grades 9 to 12.  The topics covered in the classes ranges from hair styling techniques, hair cutting, permanent waving, nail care, skin care, facials, make-up application, etc.  Students will also receive career employment and salon management skills.

TASK (Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge) – A District Program

The Trades Awareness (TASK) is a “hands on” program and is offered in partnership with Camosun College. TASK exposes interested students to various construction and mechanical trades as they explore units in carpentry,electrical, plumbing and metal trades. The program also provides students with industry certifications (eg. First Aid, Safety Star, WHMIS and Fall Arrest) that employers would be looking for when hiring entry level employees. Work experience is also a key component of the TASK Program and gives students an opportunity to develop employability skills which may lead to a paid job and an apprenticeship. Belmont does not offer TASK however  Royal Bay Secondary School offers TASK during first semester and  Edward Milne Community School offers TASK semester 2.  For more information please contact Ms. Arkell, karkell@sd62.bc.ca