Departments & Programs - Trades and Apprenticeships

ACE-IT Programs

Since 2007, New Westminster Schools has offered apprenticeship programs at both at NWSS, and at our partner post-secondary institutions (BCIT, VCC, PIC and FTI). All students enrolled in District ACE-IT programs are required to also take Secondary School Apprenticeship courses.

Each of these programs requires an application and interview. Please click on ___need info______ to download an application form.

AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING PREP AND PAINTING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (ACE-IT)

  • Open to: Grade 11 & 12 students
  • Location: Vancouver Community College (Broadway Campus)
  • High school credits: 5 courses = 20 credits (PSIA 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E) in 2nd semester
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 Auto Refinishing Prep Tech from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: English 11 or Communications 11 plus any type of Math 11 (not Accounting 11), strong interest in the autobody industry and normal colour vision
  • Cost paid by student: $500 (for materials used at VCC), and approximately $250 for books/mask
  • Main learning: Apply body filler to indents and sand it smooth, mix paint to the correct colour and thickness, cover all parts that will not be painted and then apply primer, paint and sealant with a spray gun

BAKING

  • Open to: grade 12 students
  • Location: Vancouver Community College (Downtown Vancouver)
  • High school credits: 6 courses = 24 credits (PSIZ 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F) in 1 semester, program may take 1 month longer than regular semester to complete
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 Baker from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: Grade 11 completion, BC Food Safe Certificate level 1, strong attendance and punctuality record, good health, interview with student and/or parent/guardian
  • Cost: $435, and approximately $700 for books/tools
  • Main learning: basic doughs, cakes and pastries. The program will include learning the foundation skills/knowledge to produce breads, buns, danishes, puff pastries, simple cakes, fruit and cream pies, muffins, scones and yeast donuts.

CARPENTRY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (ACE-IT) LEVEL I

  • Open to: Grade 11 & 12 students
  • Location: New Westminster Secondary School with 6 weeks at BCIT
  • High school credits: 4 courses = 16 credits (CARP 12A, 12B, 12C, 12J), semester 2
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 Carpenter from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: English 11 or Communications 11 plus any type of Math 11 (not Accounting 11), strong interest in the construction industry
  • Cost paid by student: $500 (for construction supplies) plus $300 refundable toolbox deposit, plus work book cost (approximately $135)
  • Main learning: Works safely to build structures out of wood, skilled with hand and power tools; wood framing, concrete forming, site prep and layout, build stairs and roof trusses

ELECTRICAL

  • Open to: Grade 12 students
  • Location: BCIT (Burnaby Campus)
  • High school credits: 6 courses (PSIA 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F) in 2nd semester
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 Electrician from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements:
    • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following: English 12 (50%) or Communications 12 (67%)
    • Math: one of the following: Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (60%) or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (60%) or Pre-Calculus 11 (60%) (Pre-Calculus 11 is preferred, marks above 60% are preferred – the program requires a lot of math and physics – with 2 seats available, acceptance will likely be competitive)
    • Science: one of the following: Physics 11 (50%) or Chemistry 11 (50%)
  • Cost paid by student: $500 (for materials used at BCIT), and approximately $350 for books
  • Main learning: learn to plan, assemble, install, test, repair and maintain electrical equipment and systems in residential, commercial, industrial and marine facilities

METAL FABRICATION

  • Open to: grade 12 students
  • Location: BCIT in Burnaby (semester 2 only, ends the 1st week of July)
  • High school credits: 6 courses = 24 credits (PSIA 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F) in second semester of grade 12 year
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 Metal Fabricator from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and BCIT Foundation Credential
  • Minimum requirements: grade 12 requirements completion, including Foundations or Apprenticeship/workplace Math 11 and English/Communications 12; good health, a reference letter from a teacher or employer and an admission interview with student and/or parent/guardian.
  • Cost: $500 plus cost of books and steel toe boots
  • Main learning: to build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries. Trade math, sketching and reading drawings, measuring layout, hand/power tools, patterns, templates, oxyacetylene use, arc welding, and plate development will be taught.

MILLWRIGHT

  • Open to: grade 12 students
  • Location: BCIT in Burnaby (semester 2 only, runs into July)
  • High school credits: 6 courses = 24 credits (PSIA 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F) in second semester of grade 12 year
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: grade 12 requirements completion, including Foundations or Apprenticeship/workplace Math 11 and English/communications 12; good health, a reference letter from a teacher or employer and an admission interview with student and/or parent/guardian.
  • Cost: $600 plus cost of books and steel toe boots
  • Main learning: Install, maintain and repair machines that factories rely on to manufacture products; read blueprints, diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures; install, align, dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment according to layout plans using hand and power tools; operate hoisting and lifting devices during installation, set-up and repair of machinery; adjust machinery and repair or replace defective parts.

MOTORCYLE AND POWER EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN

  • Open to: grade 12 students
  • Location: BCIT in Burnaby (semester 2 only)
  • High school credits: 5 courses = 20 credits in second semester of grade 12 year
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 & 2 Motorcycle Tech from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: grade 12 requirements completion, including Foundations or Apprenticeship/workplace Math 11 and English/Communication 12; good health, a reference letter from a teacher or employer and an admission interview with student and/or parent/guardian.
  • Cost: $500 plus cost of books and steel toe boots
  • Main learning: new unit assembly, full service, engine and transmission rebuilds, electrical component repair and chassis, wheel suspension, final drive and accessory service

PAINTER/DECORATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (ACE-IT)

  • Open to: Grade 11 & 12 students
  • Location: Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) in Surrey (runs from mid-June to end of July – 6 weeks)
  • High School credits: 1 course (IDS12)
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: Grade 10 English and Math, good health, normal colour vision and low fear of heights
  • Cost: $0
  • Main Learning: gain an understanding of the painting industry as a whole; introduced to common coatings, surface preparation, and the tools used in the trade, including airless spray; safety program includes respirator training, fall protection, ladder and scaffold training, and WHMIS

PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (ACE-IT)

  • Open to: Grade 11 & 12 students
  • Location: New Westminster Secondary School with 4 weeks at the Piping Industry College (PIC)
  • High school credits: 4 courses = 16 credits (PSAI 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D), semester 1
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: English 10/11 or Communications 11 and any type of Math 10/11 (not Accounting 11)
  • Cost paid by student: $500 (for construction supplies plus $300 refundable toolbox deposit, work book ($200) and steel toe boots.
  • Main learning: Plan the design, installation and service of various types of piping systems; safely work with water and gas heating systems, water supply and drainage; skilled with hand and power tools, torches and welding equipment; blueprint reading, drafting and sketching

PROFESSIONAL COOK (CHEF) PROGRAM (ACE-IT) LEVEL I

  • Open to: Grade 11 & 12 students
  • Location: New Westminster Secondary School plus 5 weeks in the summer at VCC’s Vancouver campus
  • High school credits: 4 courses = 16 credits (Cook 12A, 12B, 12C and 12D), semester 2
  • Post-secondary credits: Level 1 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Minimum requirements: English 10/11 or Communications 11, any Math 10/11, plus Food Safe certificate, physically able; must have completed a Cafeteria course or be willing to complete such a course in semester 1 before this program starts
  • Cost: $500 (for culinary supplies and replacement tools in knife rolls) plus $300 refundable tool deposit, plus workbook/chef coat/hat (approximately $135)
  • Main learning: Prepares vegetables, soups, sauces, meats, fish, poultry, cold kitchen items, desserts, baking and pastry for presentation; basic menu planning/ costing; supervises safety in the kitchen, sanitation and safe food storage