SURREY EDUCATION NEWS: Innovative High School Completion and Career Re-engagement Program Announced for Surrey

Surrey has joined with other Metro Vancouver municipalities in offering an alternative path to students who are not on track to graduate from high school. Launched in 2019 in Burnaby, New Westminster and Maple Ridge, the Reboot Plus program  recruits students identified by teachers and counsellors as unlikely to graduate and works to re-engage them in education and skills development by supporting them to explore their interests and abilities and matching careers. During the first year, 15+ Surrey-based students will be chosen to take part.

“The Surrey Board of Trade is honoured to participate in the Reboot Plus program, as part of our workforce development portfolio. This results-driven project will link at-risk youth with employers who need skilled employees and are actively embracing strategies to better support youth at risk,” says Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Students enrolled in the program become students at Douglas College (they receive student cards and have full access to the college). The program provides specific training and skills development through workshops and classroom activities, while also matching each student with four to seven professionals working in careers of interest identified by the students. To date, more than 60 students from other municipalities have joined the program and nearly 200 professionals, ranging from auto mechanics to health care workers, to game designers, to engineers, have volunteered their time.

The goal of the program is to support these youth to explore and develop a comprehensive and meaningful education and career action plan. Through workshops at Douglas College, and research and consultations with employers and professionals, students develop a clear vision of what education and other steps are required to achieve their career goals.

The program is a project of the Douglas College Training Group, Surrey Board of Trade and PEERS Employment and Education Resources and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. The project is also a research project and is one of 30 such projects across the country funded by FSC to test approaches and training interventions that prepare Canadians for the workforce.

The Reboot Plus project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.
Le projet Reboot Plus est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada

For more information:
Anita Huberman, President & CEO