The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a
specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.
The experiential learning opportunities provided in an SHSM enable students to develop Essential Skills and work habits that are required in the sector. Further, they have their performance of those skills and work habits assessed and documented using tools connected with the Ontario Skills Passport. Through an SHSM, students begin to establish relationships and networks in their chosen field.
Students who have earned an SHSM can provide evidence of their achievement of the required components (e.g., sector-recognized certifications and training programs) to prospective employers and postsecondary educational or training institutions.