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January 13, 2022

Thank you for attending the
Halton Pathways Night

Tonight we will share with you the many exciting programs that HDSB offers which allow students to develop transferable skills and test drive an employment sector.

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Welcome & Pathways Intro

Tonight's presentation is about all of the programs that are offered in your region of Halton for helping students:


  • Build their resume
  • Test drive an employment sector
  • Develop multiple transferrable skills


To begin, HDSB staff will explain the different types of Pathways Programs.


You will then have a chance to learn from 3 different Program Leads about the specific components of their program. Leads will provide a short presentation and then answer questions from parents and students.


It is a good idea to explore in advance to identify the 3 programs in your region that you are most interested in learning about


Follow along through the agenda by clicking on the buttons for sessions according to the time outlined on the top right corner of the site.


6:00 pm Welcome & Pathways Program

6:20 pm Breakout 1 (click on the link of interest)

6:45 pm Breakout 2 (click on the link of interest)

7:10 pm  Breakout 3 (click on the link of interest)

7:30 pm How to Apply for Programs

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  • What is SHSM?

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    The Specialist High Skills Major program is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

  • Why Take SHSM?

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    The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program approved by the Ministry of Education that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School

    Diploma (OSSD). These programs enable students to gain sector specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career related learning environments, and prepare in a focused way for graduation and postsecondary education, training or employment.

  • Key Benefits for Students

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    • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents
    • Develop specialized knowledge and skills that are valued by the sector and pos-tsecondary education institutions
    • Earn credits that are recongnized by the sector and post-secondary education institutions
    • Aquire sector-specific and career relavant certification and training
    • Gain confidence in their knowledge of the SHSM Sector
    • Identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed decisions about their post-secondary destination
    • Remain flexible with the option to shift between pathways.
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  • What is OYAP?

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    These pre-trade programs give students the knowledge and experience necessary to start their career in one of the many skilled trades. The Concentrated OYAP programs teach the curriculum for level 1 Ministry of Labor, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) apprenticeship courses, as well as meeting Ministry of Education Secondary School expectations.

  • Why Take OYAP?

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    OYAP allows you to explore and find the right career for you. And if you discover you want to change direction you can, because many skills are transferable.

    Skilled trades people feel a sense of accomplishment seeing the results of their efforts at the end of the day.


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    The skilled trades encompass a broad range of hands-on occupations in four main sectors: Construction, Manufacturing, Motive power and Service.

    There are more than 300 skilled trades occupations recognized across Canada, though not all trades are designated in every province or territory. Contact the apprenticeship authority in your region to learn more about apprentice-able trades in your province or territory.

    Apprenticeship is a post-secondary pathway that leads to certification in a skilled trade. 80% of an apprentice’s time is spent on-the-job training where aspects of a chosen trade are learned directly from a certified journeyperson. The remaining 20% is spent in technical training which is delivered at a college, vocational school or union training centre.

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  • College Dual Credit

    The School College Work Initiative (SCWI) is a partnership between school boards and colleges that allows senior secondary school students to simultaneously earn secondary school credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a college diploma or Level 1 apprenticeship training. The programs run either in the secondary school or college setting and allow students to reach ahead into a potential future education in the apprenticeship or college pathways.

    College Dual Credit

Some of the HDSB SHSM and OYAP programs were not able to

have live representatives tonight. For more information about

HDSB Pathways Programs please visit