Career Programs


These career-oriented courses are intended to prepare interested students for the world of work, or to assist students in exploring work related interests in pursuit of further post secondary education and training. All work experience placements are individually developed and monitored by the Career Development Team. Curriculum for this course will be delivered in an online format with the Work Experience Teacher. Students are required to participate in a school-based orientation process and/or interview prior to placement. 


Students interested in careers in the Trades can take advantage of the Secondary School Apprenticeship program designed to complete up to 16 secondary school graduation credits while working under the sponsorship of a trades professional. Hours earned while in high school count toward the total required for journeyman status. In addition, SSA students qualify to apply for a $1000 scholarship. Entry into the SSA programs is by application.
  • Through a secondary school apprenticeship you can turn a job at a local restaurant into your weekend classroom while inspiring, local chefs teach you the secrets of their success.  (level 1 Professional Cook Apprentice)
  • Apprenticeship gives a young worker the training and skills they need to move ahead in their trade, a whole year ahead of other graduates.
  • One GISS grad completed two levels of carpentry before leaving secondary school - tuition free!
  • If you train as a trades person through apprenticeship, you end up ahead financially.  You are paid [through grants] while you go to school! (level1 electrical apprentice)
  • GISS students are becoming bakers, cooks, carpenters, auto mechanics, machinists, hair dressers, welders, electricians, even golf course designers!
  • Design your career in the trades, earn while you learn.
  • Apprenticeship students from GISS start their own businesses, attended the well regarded "Stratford Culinary Institute" in Ontario, travel using their carpentry skills to build homes in Central America, or culinary Skills to work in destination resorts.
Further information and application packages are in the counselling office.



Our carpentry program is offered on Thursday evenings and all day Friday over the school year.  The final exam is written at Camosun College. Students  should  also register in the SSA program to complete apprenticeship hours in the trade.  Students finish with the level 1  in-school technical training component of  the carpentry training program. Prerequisite:  Woodwork 9/10 or Carpentry & Joinery 11/12.  Tuition for GISS students, who are under 19 and have not yet graduated, is paid for by School District #64.  Entry into this program is by application.  Further information is available in the Counselling Office. 


GISS has partnered with Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnical University, Vancouver Community College and Saanich School District to offer programs that will allow students to earn both credit towards secondary school graduation and begin a post-secondary program.  Students can attend whichever post-secondary institution that provides technical training in their particular trade area.  Students must enroll in prerequisite courses specific to the DUAL CREDIT program of choice. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn dual credits towards secondary school graduation and first year college/university  programs. Entry into these DUAL CREDIT programs is by application. . Tuition for GISS students, who are under 19 and have not yet graduated, is paid for by School District #64. 

Trades Training (Dual Credit and tuition free)

⃝ Automotive Service Technician (“Mechanic”) - Level 1 - 7 weeks; Foundation – 30 weeks⃝ Baking & Pastry – diploma (2 year) and apprenticeship pathways available.

⃝ Professional Cook – 2 pathways available

⃝ Electrician – 2 pathways available

⃝ Carpentry – 2 pathways available

⃝ Hairdressing – 1 year, February 1st to January 31st Saanich or Cowichan school districts

⃝ Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanic – 40 weeks

⃝ Horticulture / Landscaper – 40 weeks

⃝ Plumbing & Pipefitting – 2 pathways available

⃝ Machinist – 2 pathways available at BCIT

⃝ Marine Service Technician – 2nd semester in Saanich

⃝ Sheet Metal – 2 pathways available

Trades Awareness Skills & Knowledge (TASK) – 20 weeks

⃝ Welding – 28-weeks, Camosun & Kwantlen.


Non-Trades Programs

⃝ Community Support and Educational Assistant – 10 months

⃝ Health Care Assistant – 29 weeks

⃝ Computer Network Electronics Technician – 35 weeks

⃝ TEAC (Explorations in Technology) skills & careers in computer science, electronic & computer engineering technology, civil engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology (Fridays at Camosun,offered both semesters)


Dual Credit Courses - online format (f2f options are available in many other subject areas)

ACCT 100: Financial Accounting

BUS 140: Business Information Technology

ELC 110: Early Learning and Care: Developmental Perspectives

ELC 150: Early Learning and Care: Health, Safety and Nutrition

ELEX 138: Computer Repair/Maintenance

ELEX 160: Digital Logic Microprocessors