SHSM/OYAP/Experiential Education


For more information on Summer School Co-Op for SHSM & OYAP students, please check out this video! ->

2023 Summer Coop VIDEO.mp4

At Craig Kielburger, we pride ourselves on the wide range of experiential opportunities we make available to our students. These opportunities include programs that run over the school year within the Halton Board, those that take place outside of Halton, and still others that run over the March Break or in the summertime. While many of these programs are advertised through our morning announcements, we encourage students to drop in anytime to meet with a counsellor or spend some time researching these programs using our library of information packages.

The following links should be useful as a starting place for students who are looking for the opportunity to explore a particular career area of interest through a specialized program, participate in an academic or recreational summer program, or explore another part of the world by doing an exchange.

HDSB Experiential Programs:

The Halton Public and Catholic School Boards have developed a coterminus relationship which allows them to offer students in both systems a broad range of exciting experiential programs. Students may register for a program at their home school, or at another school, if it is not offered at the home school. All of these programs can be explored in greater detail at These programs have been divided into four key categories:

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs 

These programs typically run over 1-2 academic years (Gr. 11 & Gr. 12) and require that students complete a bundle of 8-10 courses, along with a variety of relevant certifications to earn the Specialist High Skills Major designation in a particular career area. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a high school diploma that indicates that they have earned this designation. Specialist High Skills Major programs offered at CKSS are: Arts & Culture,  Business, Green Industries (Horticulture and Landscaping), Hospitality, Information and Communications Technology and Transportation (Auto Mechanics and Auto Body). Please go to to view all SHSM programs and details.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program helps students prepare for apprenticeship by combining technology courses with a coop placement to help them gain the knowledge, skills and work experience necessary to begin an apprenticeship.

        CKSS offers an OYAP in Hairstyling. 

Listed below are the sectors of OYAP, including the related programs offered in the Halton Region:

Career Exploration Programs 

These include experiential programs that provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of different career areas of interest. These include the Cooperative Education Program, & Take Our Kids To Work Day.

Specialty School to Career Programs 

There are specialized programs in Halton that provide students with unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a very specific career-related field. These include the Canadian Forces Coop, and more to come!

Any student interested in learning more about the above programs, or beginning the application process, should should click on THIS LINK for more information. 

Take Our Kids To Work Day:

Every year, grade 9 students across the country participate in this ultimate job-shadowing experience. For more information go to