In 2017 the Saskatchewan Career and Work Education Association will provide two awards of $200 each to two graduating students. Two awards will be given to students nominated from the northern area of the province and two from the southern area. Members of SCWEA may nominate one CWEx student by May 1st. The SCWEA executive will perform a draw to determine the winners. The winning students will be notified, and asked to submit a photograph of themselves and a media/photo release signed by a parent or guardian. Criterion for the award will include the following:
- The student must have achieved or be in progress to earn a credit in a CWEX 10, 20, A30 or B30 class.
- The student must be graduating in the year the award is given.
- The student must have represented themselves well both in class activities and in their work placement.
- The student should have shown considerable development in the classroom and potential in regards to the foundational objectives of Career and Work Exploration with particular emphasis on:
- Development of their personal goals and characteristics in understanding themselves and the changing world around them
- Demonstration of personal accountability, communication and networking skills
- Recognition of transferable and employ-ability skills and the wide scope of career opportunities
- Responsible participation in their work placement in a safe and healthy manner
- Progress in the development of a career and/or work portfolio
- Ability to interact positively and effectively with others in regards to career education
2017 Award Recipients
My Career and Work Experience class prepared me for my future after high school by pushing me in the right direction. In grade 11 i was advised to take the CWEX class, so I did. I can honestly say in the beginning I didn’t have any idea of where I wanted my placement or even what I wanted to be. My teacher and I had discussed options as well as my mom and I. I had come up with the idea of trying to work in a daycare. When it was time for me to go out into the workplace I was quite nervous yet excited to experience new things. My placement was at building blocks daycare and at the end of the course I was offered a part time job after school, to this day I have now been working there. CWEX has made me realize that I wanted to work in a daycare and get my E.C.E (early childhood education). I decided for my last semester of grade 12 that I wanted to do CWEX again. Me now, as a grade 12 at the age of 18, I have come to the conclusion that I would like to get my early childhood education but I would like to be an EA in a school. For my placement this year I am following/assisting EA’s in William Grayson School. After my first day of helping kids read, doing math and playing in the gym with the kids I have come to realize this is what I want to do as a career for my life. Thanks to CWEX i have decided what I want to be and where i want to do it. Without this class i would still be lost on ideas of what I’d like to be. This is a wonderful program and it has definitely been a major success to push me to my goal. Thank you 🙂
Albert E Peacock School, Moose Jaw SK
Career and Work helped me prepare for my future in many ways. For example it helped me understand the concepts of a job. I also gave first hand experience with an actual job so i can see and feel what it is like working on a job. It also gave me knowledge to understand the responsibility of having a job. It helped me understand the trades and what apprenticeships are. It really prepared me for my future in many ways.
Cando Community School, Cando, SK
2016 Award Recipients
My career and work experience class has prepared me for the future by giving me valuable information that will benefit me after high school. The in-class portion of this course provided me with knowledge that I found useful, such as how to prepare for an interview, rights and responsibilities of an employee and understanding how to read a paycheque. It made me think about all areas of a job from how to apply for a position, what to expect and tips on how to leave a job. The job experience portion of this course has given me a heads up of what to expect if I were to get into this career. I am learning useful, hands on skills that can’t be taught in the classroom, as well as an opportunity to ask questions regarding the job. I feel I am better prepared for my future career because of the career and work experience class.
Rosetown Central High School
My career and work experience class has helped me prepare for the future immensely. I worked at the Sherwood Animal Clinic as well as Remax Real Estate in Regina. Work experience confirmed for me that I was making the right choice in choosing Veterinary Technology and changed my mind about real estate. Work experience equipped me with skills such as teamwork and communication skills. I learned how to work better with both employees and clients/customers of all ages. Work experience also equipped me with knowledge to enhance my resume and cover letters, and particularly my interviews. I had real experience doing an interview and getting feedback on what I could do differently. Because of my job placements, I have a better understanding of the jobs, and for future interviews I will be able to ask questions that resonate with the employer. In order to apply for Veterinary Technology at Saskatchewan Polytechnic I needed to complete sixty hours of documented veterinarian-supervised volunteer work. I put my work experience towards this and ended up getting one hundred and forty hours. Work experience has helped me gain hands-on knowledge about the career I have chosen.
Greenall High School
This class helps me prepare for my future career goals and gives me a really good vision of how the world revolved in terms of careers, trades and everyday requirements of jobs. I have learned how to build a resume, the importance of work ethics, the responsibility of punctuality, what it means to be a team player in a professional work environment, and most importantly appropriate ways to communicate to others in at work. By taking this class it has given me a chance to work with others and why it is important to communicate effectively even when upset or disagree with coworkers. Career Work and exploration has opened my eyes to different careers and help build my resume.
Grade 10 Student
Buffalo River Dene Nation School
Taking the Career Work Experience 30 class has not only helped me decide what career best defines my character, but has also provided me with real world experience in the work force. I was able to pursue potential jobs which could result in future employment in any given field. By being involved in this course, I have had the ability to study the trade I find most interesting in a hands-on fashion. As one of my placements, I was given the opportunity to work at a local bakery which showed me the basis of what to expect in regard of work hours, labour standards, and the required detail application to become a baker. Without the help of the Career Work Experience class, I would not fully understand the skill set necessary for me to be involved in the baking trade. I believe the CWEX course was one of the most beneficial classes provided in my high school education.
Sierra St. Cyer
Tisdale Middle and Secondary School
2015 Award Recipients
My CWEX class and work experiences have benefited me a lot over the years. It taught me the skills to work effectively in the workplace and be more confident with customers and employers. When I started CWEX in grade ten, I was really shy about meeting different people and trying new things. The class gave me practice in a safe environment and over the years and different job placements and experiences, I got more confident and communicated better with others (classmates, teachers, employers, and customers). I learned how to tell people if something was bothering me or not working well, how to problem solve, and learned many new skills. Some of the placements I had were: Windmill Greenhouses, the Co-Op Gas Bar, Mark’s Work Warehouse, and Shoppers Drug Mart. I also did volunteer work in schools, our Learning Garden at school, and Good Food Box/Hunger in Moose Jaw. My grade 11placement even led to a Part-Time Job that I still have at Mark’s Work Warehouse. I learned to have a great work ethic and do my very best at any job I was given, and recommend this class to anyone.
Albert E. Peacock Collegiate
Moose Jaw, SK
When I began the CWE program I was very lost in what I wanted to do with my future, I had a few ideas but no real direction. Through the program I was able to learn about myself, and get a better understanding of what type of career I would be interested in. For my first placement, I went to a kindergarten class. This experience helped me to realize that I want to be a teacher. The experience was so rewarding and eye opening that I can’t really imagine doing anything else. I never knew how much fun it could be to help a child read or write. Without that experience I may have never discovered my passion and talent for teaching. I really am grateful for this program and I would recommend it to any high school student.
Tommy Douglas Collegiate
Work experience has been an extremely helpful and insightful opportunity for me. I was able to work in several different placements that allowed me to explore the wonders of the working world. As a student that was entirely unsure of what career I wanted to pursue, work experience helped me rule out careers not right for me and spark my interest in ones that were. The class also taught me lessons on how to communicate with people and how to be an excellent employee in my future career path, lessons that are not generally taught in a classroom. Work experience is a great opportunity and has helped me make many decisions about my future.
North West Central School
I had the opportunity to participate in the Career and Work Experience 10 program as well as Career and Work A30. I enjoyed taking part in both of these Career classes. By having access to these programs in my community, I was able to have exposure to three different businesses. I liked all the placements but it was my placement at South East Electric in Carlyle that I really found valuable. I had taken an electrical course at school so it was awesome to be able to put the skills I learned in class to practical use. My placement at South East Electric has encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an Electrician. I have learned many valuable skills at my job placements. I also am more aware of safety on the job. I learned new skills and had fun doing the placements. I really am glad I got to participate in the Career and Work Experience Program.
G.F. Kells High School