Work Experience Program

The Work Experience Program (WEP) is a community-based partnership between local businesses, industry and York Region District School Board.

We strive to provide positive Work Experience opportunities for
students that will enhance their lives and provide greater
success in their future.

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The Work Experience Program provides:

  • an opportunity for students in Special Education Programs to develop communication, independence and work skills in the community
  • hands-on experience for students (15 to 21 years of age) in non-credit earning Secondary School Community Class
  • job coaching, by school support staff, helps train and monitor students in their work placements to increase skills and ensure success

For more information on the Work Experience Program speak to Special Education Department at your local secondary school.


PEAK Program Information

Pathways to Employment and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a transition program designed for senior secondary school students and serves as a bridge from school to adult life options including work, college vocational programs and community participation.

The program consists of a 25% in-class component and a 75% community work placement.


PEAK Video

The Board's Pathway to Employment and Applied Knowledge (PEAK) video below describes the Program. 


Please note:  this video was filmed prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.  All public health measures are followed by the YRDSB, onsite and in work placements.


Ideal candidates for the PEAK Program will be students:

  • typically participating in non-credit programs
  • having an identification of a Mild Intellectual Disability or Developmental Disability or Autism
  • having demonstrated successful work experience
  • typically entering their last two years of secondary school
  • able and willing to work 4-5 hours per day 5 days per week

Note: Students are referred by classroom teachers in conjunction with the Work Experience Transition Coordinator. Acceptance/admission to PEAK is via application/interview process.

The PEAK Program Brochure (PDF) has more information about the Program.


Transition Planning

Work Experience Transition Coordinators also work with teachers and families to help facilitate post-secondary transition planning. They help ensure families understand the variety of services and resources that are available in the community. 


YRDSB Resource