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​​​​​Youth Work in Trades​

Do y​​ou know a journey person who would be willing to work with you as an apprentice?  Does your family run a business in an apprenticeable trade?  Do you have connections through friends or family that may assist you in finding someone who will apprentice you?

Youth Work in Trades (SSA 11A, 11B, 12A, 12B) allows students to begin the process of apprenticeship while still in school. As a​n SSA student, you'll "earn while you learn" and graduate from the SSA program with 16 high-school credits and 480 work-based training hours that count towards your trade credential.

As an SSA student you:
  • are registered as regular apprentices with ITA (the Industry Training Authority);
  • must be paid by the employer at least minimum wage;
  • you complete 480 hours and earn 16 credits towards graduation;
  • are potentially eligible for a $1,000 scholarship if you remain in an apprenticeship or in full-time schooling six months after graduation;
  • must be working with a journeyman in order for the hours to be valid;
  • are responsible for finding your own employer for this program.

You can apply for an Youth Work in Trades scholarship if you:

  • Are registered with ITA as a youth apprentice.
  • Have a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or an Adult Dogwood Diploma.
  • Have successfully completed SSA 11A, 11B, 12A and 12B.
  • Maintained a C+ average or better in your Grade 12 courses.
  • Have 900+ hours reported to the ITA within six months of graduating.


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​​​3rd Year Apprentice Auto Body Technician: Kyle Steven


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Luke Tiechrib started his SSA when he was in grade 9. He attended school for half days to get his academic credits, and learned valuable trade skills while out on Secondary School Apprenticeship and Work Experience. He also went to BCIT during his grade 12 year to get his level 1 Sheet Metal foundation course, which gave him high school credits and the school district paid his tuition. 
​Here what he as to say in this video

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District Contact:
Murray Shold
Cell: 250-218-5237​
Email: Murray.Shold@sd71.bc.ca

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