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Learning Continues

Classroom learning will remain suspended for the remainder of the school year. Schools are now open for limited use for staff and for specific programs.

As of June 1st, 2020, the High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP), Cooperative Vocational Education (CVE), Credit for Employment (CFE), as well as all other credits involving work experience or practicums, including placements for Career Development Life/Work courses, Career Development Internships (CDI), and the Community Service Student-Initiated Project (CSSIP), are no longer suspended. These programs can resume as normal, providing school divisions can do so in alignment with public health guidelinesand current public health orders (e.g., social distancing, applicable PPE use, and hygienerelated recommendations).

Please note that the guidelines outlined in Phase 1 of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, effective May 4, 2020, are to be followed by students and employers (see Restoring Services - Phase One). In some situations, the government of Manitoba COVID-19 support document Workplace Guidance for Business Owners may provide useful information as you begin planning for the resumption of these programs (see Workplace Guidance for Business Owners).

In light of current circumstances, it will be important for school divisions to review Safety Preparation for Student Work Experience: Roles and Responsibilities and Safety Preparation for Student Work Experience: Safety Plan Framework to ensure that proper planning and oversight is in place for student work placements. Students need to understand their right to refuse work if they identify hazards in the course of their duties.

While regular classes and learning experiences continue to be suspended, special efforts will be made for students to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to achieve their high school credits and to pursue their post-graduation goals. Technical-vocational education (TVE) teachers will continue to focus learning on theory based outcomes and applied learning experiences wherever possible. Students will continue to receive a percentage grade for TVE courses delivered remotely where learning outcomes are theory-based or focused on technology (e.g., courses in interactive digital media and graphic design).

To ensure students meet certification requirements (e.g., Apprenticeship Manitoba), special efforts will be made to allow them to complete practical outcomes for trade programs (e.g., welding technology and hairstyling). Students will continue to receive percentage grades for theory and applied learning, but they will require gap training once school reopens.

School divisions will begin planning with their schools to ensure students who require gap training are not negatively affected by the loss of practical learning within their TVE programs. This planning may include collaboration among school divisions on program planning and further discussions with Manitoba Education. Gap training will be required to meet certification for the trade programs, which aligns with post-secondary and private vocational institution programs. School divisions may consider offering gap training under the Limited Use of Schools Facilities guidelines and by following all other public health orders.

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Definitions

Recovery learning is a process to enable Manitoba students to transition back from remote learning to classroom learning in schools, while addressing their mental and physical well-being and academic success.

Gap training is necessary when the student has been unable to complete the required work (theory or practical work), when the student did not demonstrate the required level of understanding or performance of the outcomes of the course, or when the student did not meet all the requirements for certification and/or industry standards (e.g., Apprenticeship Manitoba Level 1 Technical Training).

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Guidelines

All students will receive a final grade and a report card in June, as outlined in the Manitoba Education COVID-19 Response Plan. Marks will be based on their performance at the time of the suspension of learning; however, students will have an opportunity to improve their marks. Further information regarding assessing student engagement in remote learning and assessment of learning can be found in the Manitoba Education COVID-19 support document Recovery Learning.

In-School Technical-Vocational Education Programs

To determine the hour requirements associated with theory and practical-based outcomes in designated trade programs, TVE teachers should refer to the curriculum and/or to the approved Apprenticeship Manitoba Curriculum Accreditation binder for each course. In preparation for remote learning, please note that schools delivering technical trade training programs are not accredited to deliver practical training off-site. School divisions must ensure that all students are learning in safe environments with the correct workplace safety and health knowledge and skills.

The following guidelines apply for TVE programs:

  1. TVE courses with Apprenticeship Manitoba certification or other industry certification with theory and practical learning outcome requirements where students have already completed on-site learning prior to the suspension of classes:

    • Students will continue their learning with a focus on theory and applied learning outcomes through online/distance delivery and will receive a percentage grade(s) and course credit(s). Report cards can be completed as in any school year.
  2. TVE courses with Apprenticeship Manitoba certification or other industry certifications* with theory and practical learning outcome requirements where students did not complete on-site learning due to the suspension of classes:

    • Students will continue their learning with a focus on theory and applied learning outcomes through online/distance delivery and will receive a percentage grade(s) and course credit(s). Their report card will indicate “Gap Training Required,” and it should not include Apprenticeship Manitoba AC numbers until gap training has been completed.

    * Please note restrictions may apply to other TVE programs requiring certifications.

    Special considerations may be required for courses currently at the beginning of a new term with no baseline assessment or previous practical learning opportunities. schools may need to be very flexible with regard to teacher and student schedules to accommodate this need. When school resumes, gap training will provide students the opportunity to improve their percentage mark in order to meet accreditation standards, government examinations, or other certification requirements.

  3. High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP):

    HSAP has now been reinstated and the program can resume as normal. If the student’s parent/guardian consented to the student continuing their work while the program was suspended, the student may request consideration for retroactive apprenticeship hours worked when the student resumes their HSAP. These hours may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Employers are to update the report of hours and submit it to the appropriate ATC for evaluation.

    Options for students to obtain high school credits for the current year are as follows:

    • In Grades 9 to 11, if a student has accumulated 110 hours in an HSAP course, the student will receive the associated HSAP credit. Employers are asked to sign off on the hours as of the date the program was suspended. If a student has accumulated fewer than 110 hours, the credit is “on hold” until the program is reinstated. If the student’s parent/caregiver supports the student’s continued employment during the suspension of HSAP, retroactive apprenticeship hours may be considered.
    • Grade 12 students will be given the opportunity to achieve the credits they require for graduation to ensure they are able to graduate on time. If a student has accumulated 110 hours in an HSAP course, the student will receive the associated HSAP credit. Employers are asked to sign off on the hours as of the date the program was suspended. If a student has accumulated fewer than 110 hours and requires the credit for graduation, hours can be transferred to an alternate course and the student should be provided with the opportunity to continue learning about their trade in the absence of on-the-job hours. Students can also choose to resume their HSAP now that it has been reinstated. Further information on the alternative credit option will be available on the Manitoba Professional Learning Environment (Maple) or by contacting Manitoba Education.
  4. Senior Years Technology Education Diploma

    All TVE courses qualify as eligible credits for fulfilling the 8-credit requirement to graduate with a Senior Years Technology Education Diploma, regardless of whether the student’s report card indicates that gap training is required for certification purposes.

    Note: Apprenticeship Manitoba technical training and accreditation standards require that a student’s final grade meets a minimum final accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program is accredited. Students completing the accredited program are required to complete their practical training in order to receive full standing as a Level 1 apprentice.

Technology Education and Career Development Education Courses that Include Work Experience Placement and Practicums

Several technology education and career development education courses and credits include work experience and practicum placement and internships where students accumulate work hours. Although the suspension of these programs has now been lifted, alternative learning plans can continue for this school year. School divisions may provide students with the opportunity to continue learning about their trade, career, or occupation area in the absence of work experience placements or practicums to complete their credit or resume work placements as normal. Additional resources can be accessed on the Manitoba Professional Learning Environment (Maple) or by contacting the Learning Support and Technology Unit

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Additional Manitoba Resources

Apprenticeship Manitoba Standards
Manitoba Apprenticeship standards are available at on the Apprenticeship Manitoba website.

Apprenticeship Manitoba Curriculum Accreditation
For information on theory and practical hours of TVE courses, refer to the approved Apprenticeship Manitoba Curriculum Accreditation binder for specific information on each course.

UCC Forms
The Technology Education website includes Unit to Course Comparison (UCC) forms for many trades. Note: Not all trades have a UCC form available at this time.

COVID-19 Education News
The latest COVID-19 news as it relates to education in Manitoba can be found on the COVID-19 Education News website.

Guidance for Industry Sectors
This part of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery provides information, guidelines, and other resources for industry sectors.

SAFE Work Manitoba: Young Workers
This site provides young workers with valuable information on the importance of safe work, as well as their right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions.

Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Manitoba
This web page for the WCB includes information and resources to promote safe work in Manitoba.

 

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