Vocational Award

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  1. Explore the area of workplace safety for employees and teens and their rights to protect themselves.
  2. Select two (2) occupations which are of interest to you and for each:
    • Visit a location where people in these occupations are employed.
    • Discuss the occupation with at least two (2) people presently employed in each occupation to discover its purpose and other points of interest to you.
  3. Investigate the training required for for each occupation in terms of:
    • Various locations where training is available (if more than one).
    • The course of study required.
    • The subjects taken.
    • Cost of tuition
    • Cost of living accommodation and travel if the source of training is away from home.
    • Sources of financial assistance, if available (student loans, scholarships, bursaries).
    • Approximate starting salary.
  4. Investigate present and future opportunities for employment in each of these occupations.
  5. Following your investigation, share your findings with your Company.

Program Suggestions

For #1 above, check out:


Some projects you can plan as a company are[1]:

  • Visit different companies (e.g. a manufacturing firm), and discuss with the personnel manager various occupations. What types of work do people in these occupations do?
  • Contact, and arrange for visits with, a member of the medical, dental, engineering or legal profession.
  • Visit with people employed in the local community (e.g. police officers, firefighters, hydro, telephone or civic employees).
  • Investigate occupations such as forestry, farming, or employment in the area of conservation of natural resources.
  • Investigate and make a list of various types of industries, businesses and professions in your local area. Visit some of them.
  • Invite members from business, industry and the professions to a meeting of your company. Make sure the meeting is well organized so you can make effective use of your time.
  • Visit a local community college, university or other educational institution and discuss your interests with the counsellor, placement officer, or other staff member.
  • Invite a member of Canada Manpower to your meeting to discuss employment opportunities in various occupations.
  • Investigate the educational system in your area and the requirements for courses beyond secondary school. Visit school counsellors, teachers or other education officials, or invite one to your meetings.
  • Discuss the occupational interests of each member of your company, and find out if everyone has some understanding of the vocation. What other information do they need?


  1. Examples are from http://www.scouts.ca/dnn/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=L4odwNEhQKE%3d&tabid=2527