Work experience, which can include paid, volunteer and/or community service, is a strong component of Seabird College and Adult programs. It is viewed as an essential piece in career, human and social development, skills building and as a transition from education to work. Work Experience is part of 2 credited courses in the B.C. Adult Dogwood program, is a component of Graduation Transitions and is a graduation requirement in the 2004 Graduation Program. It is also an important aspect of all programs in the College in keeping with PTIB requirements.
- Seabird College/Adult Programs provides work experience placements for students who have completed the on-site portion of a program of study.
- Seabird College/Adult Programs ensures that work experience placements provide an opportunity for its students to enhance the skills learned throughout completion of a program of study.
- Seabird College/Adult Programs seeks work experience for its students with employers who are committed to introducing students to work in the field of study.
- Seabird College/Adult Programs work with work experience placement hosts to evaluate the student’s performance during a work experience placement.
- The Seabird Island Adult Education Programs and the College will ensure full compliance with all workplace safety legislation including the B.C. Ministry of Education Ministerial Order m237/ll, the Work Experience Order and in keeping with the B.C. Ministry of Education Work Experience and/or Community Service Requirements for Graduation and Workplace Safety policy. WCB coverage is provided by the Provincial Government only to students who are 14 years of age or older and on a school-arranged and unpaid work placement. Students who apply to use paid employment to satisfy the work experience and/or community service requirement must show that they are, or were, working at a site where WCB coverage is, or was, provided.
- Work experience placements are sought through networking and direct contact by College personnel.
- When a possible work experience training site is identified, the College personnel responsible contacts the proposed site to assess the commitment of the training place host to enhancing student learning. The College personnel responsible explains the College’s/Programs expectations with respect to joint evaluation of student performance.
- If the training place host is approved to accept work experience students, the host’s name and contract information are entered on the College’s/Program’s roster of work experience placement sites. WCB coverage is confirmed.
- When a student is ready for a work experience placement, the College personnel responsible contacts the training place host to discuss a possible placement and training plan, and arranges an interview for the student.
- If the student is successful at the interview, the College personnel prepare the Work Experience Agreement and Training Plan and meets with the student to sign these documents. Copies of the documents are placed in the student’s file and the student tis given the original documents to deliver to the training place host. The College personnel advises the student’s instructor of the placement dates and WCB information is recorded. All sites which provide paid work experience must provide WCB coverage.
- The Instructor notes the placement dates and plans a contact schedule which should not be less than bi-weekly phone calls to the training place a host and two site visits within the period of the placement.
- At the end of the work experience placement, the Instructor meets with the training place host and the student to conduct an assessment of the student’s performance throughout the work experience placement. The assessment is designed to include the student’s performance at the work site of the skills learned during the completion of the program of study. The completed assessment is signed by the instructor, the training place host and the student. A copy of the assessment is given to the training place host and the student. The original assessment is place in the student’s file.
- In the case of any injury all accidents must be reported as soon as possible. In the case of unpaid work experience where the student is participating in a non-paid work experience the forms must be completed by Seabird Island Community School (Adult Programs) within 7 days of the accident. If it is a paid work experience assignment, the company must abide by WCB guidelines and reporting.