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Youth Train in Trades Program

Students who are looking for a career in the trades have the opportunity to do both Youth Work In Trades (formerly ACE IT) and Youth Train in Trades (Formerly SSA or Youth Apprenticeships) while in their Grades 10, 11, & 12 school years. Youth Train in Trades programs run between 4 & 12 months depending upon the trade. Students attend either Camosun or VIU and there is often a qualification exam at the end of the course.

The Youth Train in Trades program, once successfully complete, gives the student their first year of apprenticeship training or certification. For example, the 7-month VIU Professional Cook 1 program leads to a VIU Culinary certificate.

Apprenticeship Training or Certifications:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Community Support and Educational Assistant
  • Computer Network Electronics Technician
  • Electrical
  • Hairdressing
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Heating, Ventilation and AIr Conditioning
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Horticulture
  • Metal Fabrication and Sheet Metal
  • Plumbing and Piping
  • Professional Cook
  • Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge (TASK)
  • Trades Sampler
  • Welding

Program Details Eligibility FAQs

Plan Ahead!
Reserved Dual Credit seats fill up quickly, and admission into programs usually includes an interview process as well, so don’t leave this to the last minute. A great time to start asking questions is while you’re in grade 10 or 11, so you can be ready to take advantage of these Dual Credit opportunities when you’re in grade 12. It might even be possible to get started while you’re in grade 10 or 11, so talk to your high school counsellor!

Dual Credit courses and programs allow motivated secondary school students the opportunity to begin career training in trades, technical programs and first year university courses prior to graduation. Students who participate in this early entry receive credit towards their Grade 12 graduation requirements as well as University or College credit.

Who is Eligible to Participate

  • Students who are school age (16-18 years of age as of July 1st of the current school year) and enrolled in a District Secondary school or DL Program
  • Some programs require a formal application and interview process through the school counselor or career facilitator.
  • Students enrolling in academic courses require a recommendation from counselors or school administration.

What is Dual Credit?
Post-secondary level courses that allow students in Grade 11 and 12 to simultaneously gain high school graduation and post-secondary credits. Post-secondary credits count towards a future credential such as a certificate, diploma or degree. The Ministry of Education funds tuition, as courses are eligible for graduation credit.

Is this Program Free?
School District 79 covers tuition & registration fees for these courses. Students are responsible for books, materials, clothing, student & activity fees, and any other costs associated with the course or program.

Can Secondary School Grads Use this Program?
At this time, it is unclear whether Dual Credit opportunities will continue to be offered to high school grads who are under 19. Discussions are underway. Please keep in touch with your high school counsellor for any updates.

When do I do the courses?

You can choose to take one or more courses offered in the evening, after school, or a full-time program that runs in parallel to your school timetable.

What are the ADVANTAGES?
FREE tuition and the opportunity to jumpstart exploring a post-secondary pathway to a potential career.

Who Qualifies?
Must be a School District 79 student aged 19 and under who has not yet achieved Ministry of Education graduation

How Do I Learn More?
Check with your secondary school Career Facilitator regarding TUITION-FREE dual credit courses.