Youth Train in Trades

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A partnership exists between the Saanich School District, and several Post Secondary Institutions to provide trades training programs. These Youth Train In Trades (formerly ACE-IT) programs are offered in partnership with the school district to provide students with some of the following options. Students may:

  • earn from 4 to 48 high school credits towards both graduation and trades qualifications;
  • complete Level 1 apprenticeship technical training or Foundation technical training in a wide array of trades;
  • incorporate course work at high school and/or college and include a work experience component;
  • enrol in full-time 6-week to 12-month programs and receive college or university certification;
  • participate in Youth Work In Trades (formerly SSA or Secondary School Apprenticeship) programs;
  • participate in all of these college level Youth Train In Trades courses tuition free.

Youth Train In Trades is an Industry Training Authority program for high school students. Through these programs, students can take courses that will give both high school graduation credits and a head start towards completion of an apprenticeship program.

By enrolling in a dual credit program with one of the post secondary partnership colleges in Automotive, Carpentry, Joinery, Sheet Metal, Electrical, Machining/Manufacturing, Marine Service Technician, Welding, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Meat Cutting, Plumbing, Auto Service Technician, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Computer Systems Technology, or Health Care Assistant, students can go directly to the College in Grade 11, 12, as part of their high school experience without paying tuition and can bypass the usual post-secondary wait listings. Students also earn 4 to 48 graduation credits and receive Level 1 Technical Certification in a trade, from the college, making them marketable to become well-paid apprentices or practitioners. For these programs, students must meet with Stu Rhodes to develop a Graduation and College Transition Plan to ensure program entrance requirements are met.

Students must meet with Mr. Rhodes in the Career Centre to understand the appropriate pre-requisites and duration of each program and establish a three-year educational/transition plan.

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