Frequently Asked Questions
- Students who are 15 years of age who have concluded that they will likely not be successful in graduating from high school. They may at a later date be ready to make the necessary commitment to do so but are currently not experiencing success.
- The MELS recognizes CFER as a legitimate work study option for senior students. Upon successful completion of the three-year CFER program students will receive and attestation of studies from the MELS. It is important to note that this is not the equivalent of a secondary diploma.
- The Réseau québécois des CFER has an extensive website (in French) which provides information on the programs.
Further information on CFER Riverdale can be obtained by calling Riverdale High School at (514) 684 CFER (2337) or by contacting us via e-mail at Rrampersad@lbpsb.qc.ca. Arrangements can be made to visit the program for an idea of its setup and functioning.
- A CFER program is designed to train students for the world of work. Nearly 28% of all labour in our economy is unskilled. Employers are telling us that what they need for these positions are not students trained to do a particular task, but students who are trained to work. Employers needing workers are saying that they can take care of teaching employees the task they need to perform but they cannot teach them the values we associate with a good worker. Those things include being on time, dressing appropriately, speaking properly with customers, meeting task deadlines, taking orders and so forth. That is the training a CFER provides and preparation for the world of work is the primary objective of the program.