Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

What is a specialist high skills major (SHSM)?

An SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

Download the SHSM Fact Sheet provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education below.

Mining

What will students in the LDSS mining major study?

  • A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits in which students earn:
  • Four mining major credits
  • One English credit, one math credit and one credit in either science or Canadian and world studies tailored to include units focused on mining
  • Two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector
  • Certifications and training programs/courses in General Safety Awareness, first aid, CPR and hazardous materials.

Download a complete list of course selections, and registration forms for SHSM – Mining below.

Why should I consider a career in Mining?

Canada is now one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 minerals and metals. The mining industry is a major player in Canada’s economy and contributes nearly 5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. Mining also accounts for 19 per cent of Canada’s total exports. The mining industry provides Canadians with job opportunities. In 2007, the mining and mining processing industries directly employed 363,000 Canadians.

According to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, over the next 10 years there will be a shortage of 92,000 workers in the mining and minerals sector.2 The shortage will be especially critical in the following occupations: physical scientist, engineer, technician/technologist, skilled tradesperson, mine labourer, and support staff. The anticipated demand is a result of industry growth, retirements (especially in the skilled trades), competition for labour from other economic sectors, and the challenges of recruiting young people into mining occupations.

How can I get more information on the Lively District Secondary School Mining SHSM?
A great place to get more information about the Mining SHSM is the guidance department at Lively District Secondary School. You could also contact the Mining SHSM lead teacher at dinnesc@rainbowschools.ca

Please follow the link below for the Ontario Ministry of Education’s website, a great resource for more detailed information on SHSM – Mining.

Ontario Ministry of Education - SHSM Mining

Sport

What will students in the LDSS SHSM – Sport study?

A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits in which students earn:

  • Four Sports major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • The other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, Mathematics and a choice of Business Studies, Science or Social Science and Humanities.
  • Two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector
  • Certifications and training programs/courses First Aid/CPR/AED Operation, WHMIS and 3 others from the following: Coaching/Personal Training, Fitness, Fundamental Skills in a Sport, Sport Program Design, Fitness Leadership, Officiating and Pleasure Craft Operator

Download a complete list of mandatory and optional certifications and registration form for SHSM – Sport below.

Why should I consider a career in Fitness/Sports and Health Science?

The SHSM–Sports enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, competitive and recreational sports, sports management, or sports media and broadcasting.

Canada’s Sports Industry is growing. Dozens of cities now have professional sports teams and franchises. In Ontario, there are over 25 professional teams in sports ranging from hockey, to lacrosse and to soccer. The Canadian sports sector generates around $8 billion a year, according to the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Over half of all Canadian children are involved in organized sports, and 57% of parents are involved in some way with sports, as participants, spectators, coaches, referees, sports administrators or organizers, or members of sports organizations. The number of adult Canadians involved in amateur sports as spectators reached 9.2 million in 2005. A 1997 survey reported that 59, 300 Canadians were employed as coaches, trainers, referees and athletes. Almost 1 in 5 Canadians aged 15 and older reported belonging to a club, a local community league, or a local or regional amateur sport organization.

Whole sections of newspapers are dedicated to sport news, and many radio and television stations devote their programming to sports. Sports tourism produces revenues and employment – almost 8000 jobs in 2007. In a 10-year labour market forecast, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada stated that “there is… a significant scope for new job seekers with regard to occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, especially announcers and other performers, athletes, coaches, referees and recreation leaders”.

How can I get more information on the Lively District Secondary School Sports SHSM?

A great place to get more information about the Sport SHSM is the guidance department at Lively District Secondary School. You could also contact the Sport SHSM lead teacher at cootesm@rainbowschools.ca

Please follow the link below for the Ontario Ministry of Education’s website, a great resource for more detailed information on SHSM – Sports.

Ontario Ministry of Education - SHSM Sports

Environment

Download a complete list of course selections, and registration forms for SHSM – Environment below.