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Apprenticeship – Trades & Technical Training

Apprenticeship is paid, work-based training in a trade or technical occupation combined with post-secondary education. If you enjoy learning by doing and want to become a skilled tradesperson, apprenticeships let you earn money while gaining skills, knowledge and work experience that last a lifetime.

A list of apprenticeable trades can be found at http://www.itabc.ca/Page496.aspx. This webpage outlines the wide variety of trades available in BC, and provides detailed information on each trade.

Contact the Career Centre for more information.


ITA Essential Skills On-Line Tool
The ITA Essential Skills On-line Tool can be used  to give you a realistic look at the skills needed  for the job in one of the trades. Essential Skills, which are the foundation skills like reading, math and document use are assessed.


Foundation ProgramsEntry Level Trades and Technical Training

Foundation Programs lead to an apprenticeship or a job in a trade or technical occupation related to the training. Foundation programs are offered at post-secondary institutions across BC and usually last from six to eight months. The programs include a combination of practical hands-on learning and classroom instruction. SD#62 has a partnership with Camosun College and programs and courses offered through the South Island Partnership (SIP) are tuition free for students enrolled in high school.

For more information go to: http://www.camosun.bc.ca/learn/programs/trades.html
or http://www.camosun.bc.ca/learn/lync/


Youth WORK in Trades (WRK)

formerly known as Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA)

Youth WORK in Trades – is a career program allowing students to start their apprenticeship while still in high school. Students earn graduation credit and log apprenticeship training hours at the same time. Students can be signed up anytime during the school year. For every 120 hours of work-based training hours students will earn secondary  four credits towards graduation to a maximum of 16 credits. Upon graduation, Youth WORK in Trades (WRK) students are eligible to receive $1000 award.

To get started:

  • have parent or guardian permission
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • be enrolled in grade 10, 11, or 12
  • have paid work in an apprenticeable trade
  • have a Certified Tradesperson as a sponsor
  • provide your own transportation


Please contact the Career Centre to obtain and complete the Youth WORK in Trades application if you are working in an apprenticeable trade.

For a list of apprenticeable and Red Seal trades go to http://www.itabc.ca/ for more information.



Direct Entry to Apprenticeship

The most direct route into an apprenticeship is to find a job in an apprenticeable trade and an employer committed to your training and apprenticeship interests.  Students are eligible to receive 16 high school credits towards graduation for 480 paid hours under the supervision of a trades qualified person.  Please see Mrs. Arkell for a Youth Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form.