Departments & Programs - Trades and Apprenticeships

Trades and Apprenticeships

An apprentice learns a skilled trade (such as electrician, carpenter, hairdresser, cook) while he or she is employed in that trade. There are over 100 recognized trades in B.C.An apprenticeship is a combination of about 80% on-the-job training and 20% technical training at college or at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology). Apprentices are paid workers. Training can take from 1 to 4 years, depending on the trade.

At NWSS, the Secondary School Apprenticeship career program allows students to begin their apprenticeship while attending high school. The ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Trades) program offers training in a number of trades, from automotive to professional cooking. View the menu to the left for more information.

Below are NWSS courses that introduce you to trades and apprenticeships.

 

  • GRADE 10:

DISCOVER APPRENTICESHIP 10 (Skills Exploration 10 and Planning 10 – 2 blocks):  

Want to explore careers with hands on fun and earning potential?  Discover Apprenticeship 10 offers students a focus on LEARNING BY DOING in such areas as carpentry, plumbing, electrical and much more.  As a career, such work cannot be done by employees in other countries or online so trades careers have job security and offer a RELIABLE LIVING.  Enrolling in this program helps students choose whether or not to enroll in an apprenticeship (ACE-IT) program in their Grade 11 or 12 year and, if so, which program would be the best fit for them.

 

  • GRADE 11/12

SKILLS EXPLORATION 11/12:

Want to explore careers with hands on fun and earning potential?  Skills Exploration 11/12 is an elective course that offers students a focus on LEARNING BY DOING in such areas as carpentry, plumbing, electrical and much more.  As a career, such work cannot be done by employees in other countries or online so trades careers have job security and offer a RELIABLE LIVING.  Enrolling in this program helps students choose whether or not to enroll in an apprenticeship (ACE-IT) program in their Grade 12 year and, if so, which program would be the best fit for them.