Specialist High Skills Major policy and implementation guide
Read the guide which outlines the policy for the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, including information and resources for planning and implementing an SHSM program.
Courses focused towards a career
What are they?
Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:
- complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
- earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications
- gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements.
Who are they for?
Grade 11 and 12 students who are:
- heading for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace
- wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after secondary school.
How can they help?
Students have the opportunity to:
- gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skills training centres and at school
- earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and CPR qualifications.
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Policy and implementation documents, and supplementary resources for SHSM programs:
The content of the SHSM Policy and Implementation Guide follows below. Note that section A3 can be printed by sector.
- How This Document Is Organized
- About the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
- Overview: The Planning and Implementation Process, Step by Step
- A1. Components of an SHSM
- A2. Documentation Requirements
- A3. Sectors:
- Arts and Culture
- Aviation and Aerospace
- Food Processing
- Health and Wellness
- Horticulture and Landscaping
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information and Communications Technology
- Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services
- B1. Organization
- B2. Planning
- B3. School Considerations
- B4. Program Evaluation
- Part A: Policy
- C1. Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs): A Fact Sheet for Educators
- C2. Checklist for Planning and Delivering a Sector-Partnered Experience (SPE)
- C3. Template: Planning a Sector-Partnered Experience (SPE)
- C4. Samples: Sector-Partnered Experience (SPE) Self-Assessments
- C5. Contextualized Learning Activities
- Part B: Implementation
SHSM Visual Identity
Additional Policy and Resource Documents
Workplace Safety Documents:
- Live Safe! Work Smart!
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Coverage for Students in Work Education Programs (PPM No.76A)
ISBN 978-1-4868-2487-8 (HTML)