Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
The TASK program is helping a group comprised of vulnerable Aboriginal learners from four reserves located on the Saanich Peninsula. These candidates range in age from 15 to 51, live in extreme poverty, and require a multifaceted approach to change their life circumstance. In almost every instance these disengaged vulnerable learners had left school with virtually no core (English ,math, socials, science) subjects completed beyond the grade 9 level, and were unemployed at the commencement of the TASK program. They lacked the knowledge, skills, and attitude to be successfully employed. They needed high school graduation, specific training and certification, transportation support, transition to employment, and appropriate personal work wear, tools & equipment.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
The TASK (Trade Awareness, Skills & Knowledge) Program is a catalyst for change because it addresses the identified needs of the community of Aboriginal learners. Students earn credit for 4 dual-credit, college level courses that count toward high school graduation. Students gain 5 certificates including: fork lift operator, WHMIS, first aid, flag person/traffic control, & fall arrest. They participate in a project based learning activity where they work in teams of 3 to build a small structure. While completing this task they get trade specific training in the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, joinery, drywall, sheet metal, and painting. Students received work readiness training, were assisted in finding employment for a practicum with a community based employer, were introduced to their employers and were provided with bus passes to enable them to get to their work sites. Students will receive ongoing support to create and execute a personal educational plan.