Trades and Apprenticeships
Please watch the presentation below that outlines the technology and trades opportunities at NWSS:
Participating in a Trades & Apprenticeship program gives you a competitive advantage, whether you are pursuing a red seal certification in a trade, want to open your own business, or want to continue on to other post-secondary education. They enable you to get the hands-on skills industry requires, get a head start on post-secondary education, and make a smooth transition to high demand well paying careers – while still attending high school! Post-secondary tuition for trades training is covered by the school district!
We are now accepting applications for 2024 – 2025!!
Please hand in completed applications to Mrs. McArthur’s mailbox at the NWSS Main Office.
EXPLORE TRADES SKILLS (Apply during course selection)
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 one block 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.
TRAIN IN TRADES
All applications are first come first qualified. Work with the Career Coordinator and your support team to create a comprehensive high school/career plan.
At NWSS, we have three primarily school-based TRAIN programs for grade 11 and 12 students: Plumbing Level 1, Carpentry Foundation and Professional Cook Level 1. We partner with the UA Piping Industry College of BC, BCIT, and VCC respectively for these programs. Each are one semester in length and can be included in most student’s timetables alongside any other academic courses in the alternate semester. These are dual credit courses where students receive grade 12 credits towards graduation as well as post-secondary credits. Post-secondary tuition for these TRAIN programs is paid for by the school district.
Our off-campus TRAIN programs are for grade 12 students who attend various post-secondary institutions in Semester 2 of their grade 12 year. Some examples include: CNC Machinist, Auto Service Technician, Heavy Mechanical Trades, Auto Paint & Collision, Baking, Electrical Foundation, Metal Fabrication, Welding, Millwright, Motorcycle Technician, Appliance Technician, Horticulture, Industrial Painter-Decorator, & Hair Design. Post-secondary tuition for these TRAIN programs is paid for by the school district. These are dual credit courses where students receive grade 12 credits towards graduation as well as post-secondary credits. All trade options can be found at the ITA Youth Website . Seats in specific programs are reserved for students well in advance so please start planning early for more options. For more information please contact your school grade counsellor and the Career Coordinator.
WORK IN TRADES
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.
Please contact Career Coordinator to qualify and enroll.