You are here


Pre – Apprenticeship

The District Pre-Apprenticeship Program (CORE) is offered at Yale Secondary and Abbotsford Sr. Secondary for students in grades 10, 11, and 12. 

This hands-on program is offered in one semester and is a great way for students interested in the trades to discover what they enjoy doing.  Students enrolled in this program receive certifications in WHMIS, First Aid, Hazardous Materials, forklift, bobcat, confined spaces.  Work experience is a mandatory requirement for students enrolled in this program.  Students completing the Pre-apprenticeship program may apply for a Career and Technical Program in grades 11 and /or 12.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-apprenticeship Program (CORE – Construction Orientation and Retention for Employment), an ITA Certification Program, students will be prepared for entry level employment (worker, labourer, helper) in a construction related field.  The program trains students in foundation skills required to successfully learn on the job and allows opportunities for bridging into a building trades’ apprenticeship or into a Level 1 ACE IT Program.

The emphasis is in developing safety in work skills and habits based on WorkSafe Regulations and on job site construction projects and experiences.  The course covers industry orientation, construction hand and power tools, safety orientation for construction, rigging and material handling, practical construction projects, career opportunities, and employment skills.  It provides industry certification for specific construction applications – Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems, Level 1 First Aid, Fall Protection, Flag Person and Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) training.

Required High School Courses

  • English 10
  • Social Studies 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • Science 10
  • PE 10
  • Planning 10

CORE (Pre-Apprenticeship) Program Components

Semester 2: January – June at Abbotsford Senior.
February – April in class instruction then April – June Work Experience

  • Construction industry overview
  • Safety procedures
  • Construction tools
  • Ladders and scaffolds
  • Move and place materials
  • Complete building projects
  • Career Planning

Pre Apprenticeship Application

File Attachments: