Programs that offer registration, counselling and/or classes which assist trainees in meeting apprenticeship entry requirements in a variety of trades such as sheet metal, plumbing, steam fitting, painting and drywall, electrical, sprinkler fitting, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigeration. Activities may include information on the application and selection process as well as instruction and review in math, reading and mechanical aptitude.
Programs that introduce people who are in the process of choosing an occupation to a variety of career and vocational options. These programs provide information about the knowledge and skills that are required for specific positions in specific industries and professions; data regarding the current labour market, training and educational options, major employers, and small business development; and other reference material that is related to career planning.
Programs that provide information and guidance for people who want to develop skills in a different occupational area than the one in which they have been working and who need to re-evaluate their aptitude, abilities and interests to select the most appropriate new option.
Programs that provide information and guidance for people who need to evaluate their aptitude, abilities and interests in order to choose a vocation or career and select the type of training that will enable them to obtain and progress in positions in the public or private sector that are productive and fulfilling.
Programs that provide opportunities for people to investigate their occupational interests through simulated job experiences such as role playing; career mentoring, i.e., pairing professionals and people interested in that occupation; and job shadowing, a work-based learning experience that allows a visitor to follow a host during a typical day (or other period of time) observing and asking questions about a particular career. Also included are police explorer programs, fire cadet explorer programs, and other similar groups which provide opportunities for youth who may be interested in pursuing a career in these fields as adults to gain experience in the area.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.