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Inforoute FPT today
Always changing, Inforoute FPT has become the premiere website for Vocational and Technical Training (VTT) in Québec. The site covers many MEES dossiers and offers a multitude of products and services directly related to the field of education.
You can mainly find information on vocational and technical training programs, such as program content and admission conditions. You can also find an educational establishment's coordinates that offers different programs. A management system for offers of service is available to those subscribed to members of Inforoute FPT's special services.
A VT directory groups together vocational training representatives in educational establishments in Québec.
Main MEES dossiers (Work-study program, Tax credit program, Entrepreneurship, Top 50, etc.) are kept up to date on our website thanks to the collaboration of project managers at the MEES.
MEES publications such as programs, sector portraits, studies, work situation analysis, pedagogical and organizational guides, etc. are regularly deposited on our site and can be downloaded in PDF format.
Secondary level students in most regions of Québec can make an online application using our Services régional d'admission en formation professionnelle (SRAFP) system.
Some sections have been developed with students in mind, some for representatives and some for industry. All relative dossiers have been grouped together.
RAC managers can download the necessary documents for recognition of prior learning and competencies. The materials bank is available in the VTT representative section.
Special services and membership to Inforoute FPT
All secondary level and college level educational establishments in Québec who are recognized by the Ministry of Education, private or public corporations, as well as organizations and ministries can join Inforoute FPT. The annual cost to join is determined by the number of students registered or the number of employees. There is a fixed rate set for organizations and ministries.
Our subscribers benefit from a number of special services such as adding a logo or photo of their institution on our site (with a link to their website), adding information (start/end dates for semesters, resource-person, costs, photos, Internet links, additional information on programs offered, places available, etc.) to the pages offering details on their programs. School boards that are subscribers can join SRAFP.
Detailed information on the costs to join can be found on the subscription form.
Compétences Québec is committed to encouraging and promoting skilled trades and vocational and technical training programs to ensure Québec’s economic prosperity.
In line with this, Compétences Québec administers and develops various major Internet platforms dedicated to vocational and technical training in Québec, including the Inforoute FPT website.
In addition to the Inforoute FPT website, Compétences Québec also manages the Service régional d’admission en formation professionnelle (SRAFP). Intimately linked to Inforoute FPT, this platform is a management system for applications that allows vocational training educational organizations the possibility to centralize their information and offer students a simple admissions process. With over 800,000 visitors every year, the SRAFP is the gateway to skilled trades in Québec.
Also developed by Compétences Québec, FindYourOwnTrade.com is a portal of general information on skilled trades in Québec as well as vocational and technical training programs. With over 200 occupation records referenced, this website offers information on placement rates, hourly wages and career prospects. With millions of page views per year, FindYourOwnTrade.com is a leading reference in its field.
In the pursuit of its mission to encourage and promote skilled trades and technologies, Compétences Québec organizes the Olympiades québécoises des métiers et des technologies. This skills competition showcases youth who have decided to study in a vocational training establishment or CEGEP in Québec. It is the largest competition in Québec dedicated to vocational and technical trades. Winners of this competition go on to represent Québec at Canadian Nationals and the International Skills Competition, which reunites 75 countries under the WorldSkills International umbrella.
Finally, Compétences Québec has developed the Défi des recrues in partnership with the Gouvernement du Québec. A contest for high school students with numerous activities designed to generate awareness and interest for vocational training programs offered in their region. Since 2017, with its ever-growing success, a dozen or so contests have been implemented throughout the province in different vocational centres.
A little history
On May 4th, 1995, the Prime Minister officially unveiled the Government of Québec's website on the Internet. On August 2nd, 1995, the Government of Québec established the "Secrétariat de l'inforoute de l'information" whose mandate was to ensure Inforoute’s operation.
This is how, in January 1996 during the socio-economic conference on information and communication technologies (NTIC), the implementation of Inforoute de la formation professionnelle et technique (FPT) began, with the goal of improving the use of information and communication technologies within the training sector. The educational network and their partners in vocational and technical training would be able to find pertinent expertise, products and services at their disposal.
The work achieved during 1995-1996 for the establishment of Inforoute FPT has also contributed to the development of certain products and services for targeted clientele - namely school boards, colleges, the Ministry and partners in vocational and technical training. All of this was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Centre d'enrichissement de la micro-informatique scolaire (CEMIS) of the Commission scolaire Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu -- since renamed the Réseau de personnes-ressources pour le développement des compétences des élèves par l'intégration des technologies (RÉCIT) -- and the support of the Société GRICS.
Throughout 1996-1997, Inforoute FPT's representative and administrative structures changed, resulting in Inforoute FPT becoming an independent entity through partnerships with the "CEMIS de la Commission scolaire Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu", the "Vitrine APO" of collège de Bois-de-Boulogne and the Ministry of Education. Regional support from users and partners had already been established. In its third year, Inforoute FPT was responsible for its own financing through sponsorships, the sale of certain products and services, subscriptions and subsidies.
Contributions from the Ministry in 1996-1997 allowed for the set up and organization of Inforoute FPT and the construction and maintenance of their web pages for DGFPT activities (those related to programs of study as well as dossiers such as the Work-Study Program, le Régime d'apprentissage, la Carte des enseignements, etc.). This budget was deemed to be used to develop educational material and to provide training sessions for teachers and other users. Among other things, keeping in mind their world-wide influence, the Skills Competition would eventually benefit from this tool at the 1996 edition of the event held in Montréal as well as the 1999 WorldSkills Competition, also held in Montréal.
In 2001, according to the results obtained, the Deputy Minister of Education responsible for vocational and technical training asked the Secrétariat des Olympiades to take over the management of Inforoute FPT. This also regulated the legal status of the organization that was in place.
Then, on November 1st, 2001, the Secrétariat des Olympiades and Inforoute FPT joined forces to further enlarge the organization that operates under Compétences Québec. Each team continues to work within the capacity for which they were put in place. The common areas are mainly management, communications, financial administration and production.
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