Trades and Human Services
Philosophy and Rationale
The CTS program is designed to develop skills that senior high school students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Through the CTS program, students are provided with opportunities to personalize their learning, identify and explore their interests, manage transitions and build partnerships while developing basic competencies, that is, the attitudes and behaviours that people need to participate and progress in today’s dynamic world of work.
CTS courses enable students to make reasoned and effective career decisions and target efforts to meet their goals. Students will have opportunities to expand their knowledge about careers, occupations and job opportunities, as well as the education and/or training requirements involved. Competencies achieved by mastering CTS course outcomes will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.
Benefits for Students
- relevant and engaged learning
- freedom in exploring multiple pathways
- personally meaningful pathways leading to specialized skills
- engagement in their interests or passions
- opportunities to achieve post-secondary credentials while still in senior high school
- easier transitions from senior high school to post-secondary education or the work force.
Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)
The TMT cluster focuses on skills and knowledge related to the design, construction, fabrication and maintenance of a product. This cluster includes courses that relate to manufacturing, processing, utilities, construction, mechanics, fabrication, trades supervision, trades contracting, logistics, transportation and heavy equipment.
Natural Resources (NAT)
NAT focuses on conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. In this cluster, learners develop the motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively as private citizens and members of the workforce toward the conservation and responsible use of air, energy, forests, land, minerals, water and wildlife.