Departments & Programs - Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship programs enable you to get a head start on post-secondary education and make a smooth transition to in demand workforce careers – while still attending high school.

An apprentice learns a skilled trade (such as electrician, carpenter, hairdresser, cook) while employed in that trade. There are over 100 recognized trades in BC.

Apprenticeship consist 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, and training can take from 1 to 4 years, depending on the trade.

At NWSS, apprenticeship programs allow students to begin their apprenticeship while attending high school. Apprenticeship programs offer training in a number of trades, from automotive to professional cooking. View the menu to the left for more information on individual trades programs.


NWSS Apprenticeship  Programs

See our NWSS Apprenticeship Programs Brochure.

Introduction to Apprenticeships

Youth Explore Trades Brochure – Are you interested in exploring construction careers? Interested in an NWSS Apprenticeship Program but not sure which one? Youth Explore Trades Skills 10 – 12 elective course provides students with a unique opportunity to learn by doing in many career areas, such as: electrical, piping, framing, finishing, carpentry, drywalling and more.

Youth Work in Trades Brochure  – The Youth Work in Trades program provides students with a unique opportunity to earn as they learn. Students earn up to 16 graduation credits(4 courses) for their paid work as an apprentice.

Application Form

Please find our application form here.


Have a look at our videos!

Carpentry Apprenticeship


Plumbing Apprenticeship


Chef Apprenticeship