EIPS Career Pathways

November 2021


Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.

Mission: To provide authentic, relevant, and engaging career opportunities and foster growth and readiness for life after school.

Career Pathways Team- Ms. K. Oleksyn, Mr. F. Rempel and Mr. B. Spady

Contact us at: careerpathways@eips.ca

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Your Future: Post Secondary & Career Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm

401 Festival Lane

Sherwood Park, AB

The annual EIPS Your Future: Post Secondary & Career Fair event is both in-person and virtual. The in-person event will follow the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as adhere to Alberta Health Services guidelines. As such, all guests and vendors will need to show proof of vaccination and identification to attend.

This event is highly recommended for all students in grades 9-12. Vendors include a full spectrum of post-secondary institutions, in addition to career and occupational related programs and organizations. For complete list of vendors visit: https://www.eips.ca/students/your-future

Access virtual presentations and schedule here: Virtual Session Links

Carpenter Career Spotlight

Does the idea of using wood to build the things around us entice you? Can you do math quickly? Then maybe you can nail down a career as a carpenter.

Virtual Showcase: Information and Communication Technology

November 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Grades 9-12)


Interested in learning about careers in technology? Hear firsthand insights on creating innovative platforms that engages users in new learning. From training future pilots to honing the skills of emerging artists! With this event and through CAREERS programming, these companies are hiring 10+ high school ICT student interns to further develop their technology and increase their effectiveness in:

  • Business and Marketing,
  • Software Development and Virtual Reality.
  • UX and Data Security.
How do I get into the trades?

Finding a job in the trades is similar to starting down any career path. First you’ll need to choose from more than 50 designated trades in Alberta. You’ll start as an apprentice, which combines classroom learning with actual work experience.

Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an apprenticeship program for high school students. Traditionally, apprenticeships in Alberta began following high school graduation, however, some students identify their career interests at an earlier age and are ready to learn and practice their future trade while still in high school. RAP is an ideal program for these students.

RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, dividing their time between an approved work site and their high school studies. They take regular courses such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math in order to earn their Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement.

The student, school and employer jointly agree on a suitable schedule. The student may work as a RAP apprentice for a semester, for half of each school day, or for one or two days per week, or during summers, holidays and weekends.

The RAP apprenticeship ends when the RAP apprentice completes high school. The RAP apprentice is then automatically registered as a regular apprentice and the credit earned while in RAP is applied to his or her apprenticeship through the apprenticeship program.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 12 Checklist

Your time in high school has gone by quickly. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Let's ensure you are ready for your transition to post-secondary education and training! Admissions, timelines, money matters, and more...


Young Women in Trades & Technologies -INDUSTRIAL TRADES

Tuesday, November 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (Grades 9-12)


Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a program designed to break barriers and give young women the opportunity and confidence to explore different career options in non-traditional skilled trades and technologies. The YWITT program will start youth on a journey to gain awareness, exploration, and experience.

Connect with CAREERS to discover opportunities for high school students to land a paid internship while they are earning high school credits and work experience hours towards their apprenticeship certification.

Virtual Mentor Series will allow young women in grades 9 – 12 to connect with successful female industry leaders and hear about their career stories that will inspire and educate these young ladies about the incredible array of opportunities available.

Career Coaching Your Teens: Exploring Possibilities

You can help your child learn about different occupations, industry sectors and opportunities. Find out how to be your child's career coach.

Interested in Dual Credit Pathways?

Dual credit pathways help students earn high school and post-secondary credits that can count toward a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, including first period apprenticeship opportunities. Moreover, Dual credit opportunities span a variety of industries and professions including health care, trades, agriculture and business administration.

Dual credit helps students to:

  • get started on a Post-Secondary education while still in high school
  • save money on Post-Secondary tuition costs (through the Dual Credit Framework, high school students do not pay post-secondary tuition fees (other than the cost of textbooks)
  • potentially earn credits in high school and a Post-Secondary Institution at the same time

Please complete the Dual Credit Intake Form if interested.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 11 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Check out the learning and career options that relate to your interests and note the admission requirements for your preferred programs. The choices you make now will open up your choices for the future.


Apprenticing as a Welder

Kayla is apprenticing to be a welder. Watch as Kayla discusses starting her apprenticeship while still in high school and obtaining financial support to attend a technical institute.

Build Job Skills Employers Want to See on Your Resumé

There are many ways you can train to get career skills that employers want, while you’re still in high school. Give it a try to prove you can do the job before they hire you. Build skills at high school.

You might already have quite a few work skills that you weren’t even aware of such as:

Time management – If you juggle school work with sports, clubs, and a part-time job

Teamwork – If you play sports or participate in school clubs

Leadership – If you lead any school clubs or are the captain of a sports team

Language – If you study a language besides your first language at school

Organizational – If you helped organize your prom

Customer Service – If you have a restaurant part-time job

Public Speaking – If you are in a debate or drama club

Fundraising – If you joined a charitable club

These are just a few examples of skills that you can transfer from school to work.

You can also acquire skills at high school that are more technical. For example, you may have taken classes in computers, cooking, woodworking, or art. If you worked on the yearbook, you may have skills in writing, photography, or graphic design. Still think you lack skills? It’s never too late to join a school club or take up a sport.


Preparing Youth to Build and Thrive in Future Careers

There can be so many unknowns in our futures - whether career-related or just life in general. Adopting a growth mindset and practicing key life skills can help lead you to success.

Self-Assessment Tools

To find a career that fits you, you need to know about yourself. Self-assessment identifies what’s important to you. It’s the first step towards making effective career decisions.

Self-assessment helps you identify four important things:

  1. Who you are
  2. What you do best
  3. What people and places (environments) give you energy
  4. What motivates you

Knowing these things about yourself provides a foundation for your career.

Use CAREERinsite, alis's free interactive career planning tool to explore options, discover your interests, abilities and skills, identify your values and multiple intelligences—and more.

Check out these resources too:

Interested in the Green Certificate Program?

The Green Certificate Program provides students with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn up to 16 Grade 12 diploma credits and a credential leading to a career in agribusiness.

There is no deadline for applications. High-school students may register throughout the year. Students learn on the job, under the direction of experienced farm personnel and under the supervision and administration of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) and Alberta Education.

Students select one of the specializations and under the guidance of their trainer, work towards mastering all skills within their training program: Beekeeper, Cow calf beef, Dairy, Equine, Feedlot beef, Field crop, Greenhouse, Irrigated field crop, Poultry, Sheep, & Swine production.

Work Experience

Off Campus courses that provide experiential learning activities as part of a planned school program under the supervision of an off-campus education coordinator. Work Experience courses are components of off-campus education learning. These provide opportunities for students to:

  • apply, in the workplace, knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through other course work
  • discover their career interests and aptitudes in meaningful work activities, situated in community-based work stations and work sites in industry, and community service.
  • earn high school credits

HCS3000: Workplace Safety Systems (1 credit)- is the required prerequisite of the first work experience course taken by a student.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 10 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. ​Plan now for success later. Begin exploring your interests. Would you like to pursue related courses or activities after high school?


Career Inspirations: Lego Building

Daniel enjoys building with Lego. Learn how he's turning that interest into career options in areas such as construction, engineering, and architecture.

EIPS Congratulates Apprenticeship Scholarship Recipients

The demand for tradespeople remains strong in Alberta, and Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) supports the development of skilled trades professionals by way of its Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), as well as the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) apprenticeship pathways. These programs provide excellent opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while still attending high school, giving them an important advantage as they pursue a career in their chosen field.

On November 4, CAREERS: The Next Generation, on behalf of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), hosted the virtual High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Celebration acknowledging the hard work of students throughout Alberta—and announced the winners of $1,000 scholarships that will help them take their careers to the next step upon graduation.

Among those honoured were fifteen EIPS students:

EIPS High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Recipients:

Bev Facey Community High

Carson Altheim Plumber

Hailey Chrystian Electrician

Nikolas Thomas Welder

Davin Wack Carpenter

Fort Saskatchewan High

Brandon Baker Electrician

Ayden Barras Millwright

Sterling Bellmore Instrumentation and Control Technician

Teri-Lynn Nice Automotive Service Technician

Wade Yanke Millwright

Next Step Fort Saskatchewan

Raymond Pelrine Ironworker

Salisbury Composite High

Elliot Despins Electrician

Dylan Hunter Heavy Equipment Technician

Vegreville Composite High

Jake Moroz Automotive Service Technician

Melissa Rutherford Parts Technician

Alberta High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Recipient – Bright Future:

Dylan Desmond, Salisbury Composite High, was one of nine recipients in the province for completing both the Registered Apprenticeship Program and his Career and Technology Studies Apprenticeship Pathway as an Automotive Service Technician.

“The RAP and CTS pathways develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace and beyond,” says Barclay Spady, EIPS Consultant, Career Pathways. “Essential competencies achieved allow students to make relevant connections with work and post-secondary training. Receiving scholarships and recognition will enable them to continue to access the skills and training they need to follow their aspirations to become skilled trades professionals.”