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​Skilled Trades and Technological Education Programs 

Our schools offer various technological education programs. These programs can lead to all post-secondary pathways, including hands-on careers in the trades.

Technological Education courses are hands on, activity based and student centered. Students develop lifelong learning habits, and technical knowledge and skills that will help them adapt to technological advances in the changing workplace and world.

There are 10 areas of technological education. Each area has various course options for students.
  • Communications technology
  • Computer technology
  • Construction technology
  • Green Industries
  • Hairstyling and aesthetics
  • Health care
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Technological design
  • Transportation technology
Check the course calendar for the specific courses available at your school.

Use MyBluePrint to learn how these programs can fit together with other courses to lead to specific post-secondary destinations.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Students who may be interested in pursuing a trade can explore areas of interest through technological education programs. They may then wish to enter the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
OYAP is available to all full-time students who are at least 16 years old and have 16 high school credits. Students must be taking cooperative education and may be registered as an apprentice to their employer with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. All of the hours they work in co-op and any part-time work may then be credited towards their apprenticeship. Students are also placed on the trade school waiting list at the time of their registration. Read more about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Specialist High Skills Major Programs

Many technological education courses are also part of Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs across SCDSB.
In skilled trades and technology focused SHSM programs, technological education courses are bundled with other courses to provide the academic knowledge and skills important to particular industry sectors and required for success in the workplace and postsecondary education, including apprenticeship.

Technological education courses are also combined with cooperative education credits to provide the workplace experience required for skilled trades and technology based SHSM.
SHSM programs bundled with technological education courses include sector-specific learning opportunities offered by employers, skills-training centres, colleges, and community organizations.

Industry-standard programs and equipment
We recently completed a multimillion-dollar project to renovate and renew our technological education labs and programs.

Upgrades include:
  • new, state-of-the-art equipment, and replacement of old equipment and teaching resources
  • aesthetic upgrades like new floors, fresh paint, brighter lighting
  • 21st century curriculum and teaching/learning methods
  • introduction of industry-standard software in all programs
  • enhanced health and safety standards
Courses based on labour-market needs
We have reviewed labour market data and are using that information to design course curriculum that prepares and inspires students to pursue post-secondary options that lead to real careers. Through our technology courses, students are exposed to industry-standard equipment, hands-on learning and real-world scenarios that align with post-secondary and workplace environments. Read our labour market analysis.

Technology promo video


Produced by Innisdale's Communications Technology class

​Tech Renewal Summative Report 2015 

Check out this video to see how the Technological Education Renewal Project has positively impacted students!