Everyone Has Their Own Path
There are several different paths to complete a training program—you can choose the one that’s best for you.
Bridges are provisions that make it easier for students to transition between programs of study at different academic levels. They help ensure continuity in training while avoiding duplication or any other unnecessary steps.
These provisions now allow those who hold a diploma of vocational studies (DVSs) in certain programs but do not have a secondary school diploma (SSD) to directly access college level programs designated by the Minister, under conditions that she determines.
Training continuity bridges allow vocational training graduates to pursue their technical training in a continuing education framework that does not require them to repeat courses. The recognition of acquired skills makes it possible for students to reduce the duration of their studies by at least one academic term when earning a diploma of college studies (DCS).
For more information on the different bridges available, we encourage you to contact the school offering the program of your choice.
Concurrent Certification Option
Students who have received a pass marks in their three core subjects at the Secondary III level have the option of enrolling in a program of study leading to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS), even if they do not meet the admission requirements to a DVS program.
This concurrent certification option, available since 1996-1997, allows students to pursue their vocational training while completing their Secondary IV or V courses in general education, which areprerequisites for admission to a DVS program, instead of having to finish their general education first.
In addition to working toward a DVS, students enrolled in a vocational training program can simultaneously acquire the general education credits required to obtain a secondary school diploma (SSD).
The Work-Study Approach
Work-study programs are an education option that allows students to complete at least two work placements or practicums as part of their vocational training at the secondary level or technical training at the college level.
A combination of training and employment, these practicums are an ideal way to get a sense of the realities of the workplace while balancing work (and sometimes income) and school. What’s more, because of agreements between the workplace and the school, work-study programs make it possible to acquire or upgrade the skills needed to practise a chosen occupation or trade.
To learn more about the benefits of vocational or technical training through work-study programs and get more information on these programs, visit www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/ate (in French only) or inquire at the school or institution offering the program of study of your choice.
People With Disabilities Can Have Access to Vocational and Technical Training
According to Emploi-Québec’s most recent projections, thousands of employment opportunities requiring vocational or technical training will become available in Québec in the coming years. People with disabilities should be able to take advantage of these opportunities.
Abilities—not disabilities—should drive decisions. Forget any preconceived notions that people with disabilities cannot have a career. Many careers are fully accessible to those with disabilities. There are insurance agents and secretary-receptionists with visual impairments. There are print machine operators, bakers and plastics production workers with hearing impairments. People in wheelchairs work as avionics assemblers and customs technicians.
Need a sign language interpreter? Documents in Braille? Adapted computer equipment? Professional resources and financial aid programs are available to meet special needs. Students with disabilities can qualify for the Allowance for Special Needs Program offered by Aide financière aux études or for disability-related support available at public CEGEPs and colleges in Québec.
For complete information on these programs and services and on all resources available to students with disabilities, consult the online brochure Pour un avenir sans limites! La FPT et les personnes handicapées, from CAMO pour personnes handicapées, at www.camo.qc.ca/formation/etudesans.php (in French only).