Career Education Resources

Work Experience (WEX)

Work Experience (WEX) allows grade 10-12 students in the Cowichan Valley School District to earn graduation credits for paid and unpaid work with a local employer. Students will have an 80 to 170-hour placement with employers as entry-level employees and/or job shadows.


Benefits for Employers:

  • Getting unpaid or paid student workers
  • Accessing students who are eager to gain experience
  • Working with the next generation of employees
  • Developing rapport with students, schools and the community
  • Testing out potential workers with the opportunity to hire them

Employer Responsibilities:

  • Having active WorkSafe BC coverage for employees
  • Understanding the WAVE course and process
  • Interviewing students and signing documents
  • Supervising and mentoring students
  • Providing safe and meaningful work

Benefits for Students:

  • Exploring career options
  • Learning by doing, hands on experiences
  • Transitioning from school to work
  • Gaining confidence in an area of interest
  • Establishing a professional network
  • Getting experience in real workplaces

Want to learn more?

  • If you are a highschool student, contact you Career Facilitator at your highschool for more details and proper application
  • If you are an employer, reach out to our District Career staff at