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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
 
TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SHSM
 
PROFILE OF THE ICT SECTOR
 
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the sector that processes information (which includes capturing, transmitting, and displaying information) using electronic systems.1
 
The ICT sector continues to transform our economy and everyday life. Core industries in this sector include:
 
·         communications systems (e.g. telecommunications, cable/broadband, broadcasting, and other program distribution systems)
 
·         computer systems (e.g. computer engineering, technical support, electronics, robotics, network engineering)
 
·         software and digital media (e.g. computer programming, computer and video games, simulations, computer animation, data management, web design, web portals, Internet security).
 
Any of the above areas may include a range of activities dealing with design and development, sales and marketing, security, training, and maintenance and repair.
 
According to Industry Canada, the total number of ICT workers in Canada rose from 578,613 to 572,107 between 2002 and 2008, an increase of 10.7 per cent. Employees in the ICT sector are well compensated. On average, an ICT worker earned $58,618 in 2007 – 46 per cent more than the economy-wide average of $40,083.2
 
SAMPLE OCCUPATIONS IN THE ICT SECTOR
 
 
 
Apprenticeship Training
 
College
 
 
 
 
 
 
·
Computer Network Technician
·
Audio and Video Recording Technician
 
·  Help Desk Technology Support Analyst
·
Broadcast Technician
 
·
Telecommunications Installation and
·
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
 
Repair/Network Cabling Specialist
 
Technologist and Technician
 
·  Telecommunications Line and Cable Worker
·
Electronic Service Technician
 
 
 
·  Film and Video Camera Operator
 
 
 
·  Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator
 
 
 
·
Systems Testing Technician
 
 
 
·  Web Designer and Developer
 
 
 
University
Workplace
 
 
 
 
 
·
Computer Engineer
·  Desktop Publishing Operator
 
·  Computer Programmer and Interactive Media
·  Residential and Commercial Installer and
 
 
Developer
Servicer-Satellite Dish Installer
 
·
Information Systems Analyst
·  Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerk
 
·  Software Engineer and Designer
·  Telecommunications Cable Installer Helper and
 
·
Technical Sales Specialist
Splicer Helper
 
Note: The names here reflect common usage by institutions and organizations in this sector in Ontario.
 
 
1 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, cited in Introduction to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) (Ottawa: Information and Communications Technology Council, March 2008), p. 2.
2 Industry Canada, Canadian ICT Sector Profile, www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ICT-tic.nsf/eng/h_it05840.html.

Required Components for the SHSM – ICT
 

 
The SHSM-Information and Communications Technology has the following five components:
 
1.   A bundle of nine Grade 11 and 12 courses
 
·         four Information and Communications Technology major credits
 
·         three required courses in English, math, and a choice of the arts, business studies, or where a CLA is delivered
 
·         two co-op credits in the sector (additional co-op credits can be substituted for major or required credits)
 
 
SHSM–Information and Communications Technology
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Credits
 
Apprenticeship
 
College
 
University
 
Workplace
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Training
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
 
 
 
Major Credits (may include
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
maximum of 1 Co-op Credit)
4*
 
4*
 
4*
 
4*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
English
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
 
 
 
includes
Mathematics
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
content
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Arts or
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
delivered
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business Studies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
in the
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
sector’s
or Science or
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
 
 
 
context
Additional Co-op
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Credit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cooperative Education
2
 
2
 
2
 
2
 
 
 
 
Total number of credits
9
 
9
 
9
 
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*a minimum of one Gr 11 and one Gr 12 credit
 
2. Six sector recognized certifications and training:
 
 
Three compulsory
 
CPR -Level C + AED
WHMIS
Standard First Aid
 
 
 
 
Three electives from the list below
 
advanced training in a
basic electrical safety
CISCO networking
computer hardware
technique (i.e. coding)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
counterfeit detection
customer service
electronics-basic
elevated work platforms
 
 
 
 
ergonomics
health and safety-basic
intellectual property
interfacing equipment
 
 
 
 
internet security
leadership skills
lighting and sound
lockout/tagging
 
 
equipment maintenance
 
 
 
 
 
network cabling
network configuration
photography
recording equipment
 
 
 
 
software 1
software 2
technical support
Working at Heights
 
 
 
 
 
3.   Experiential Learning and Exploration Activities
 
4.   Reach Ahead Experiences
 
5.   Essential Skills and Workplace Habits and the Ontario Skills Passport
Lead Teacher: Mr. J. Clarke        John.Clarke@publicboard.ca