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Youth Work In Trades

All Call For Secondary School Apprentices

Grade 10, 11, 12 students:   Are you currently working in a trade?

For example, at a restaurant, on a construction site, in an automotive shop, on a dairy farm, or in a hair salon?

If so, you may be eligible to enroll in the Youth Work In Trades and earn a $1,000.00 scholarship.

In an effort to promote the Youth Work In Trrades (YWIT) program, School District #34 (Abbotsford) is searching for “hidden apprentices”. If you are a secondary school student working in a trade area, you may already be eligible to become a secondary school apprentice and not know it.

A secondary school apprenticeship involves part-time work within a trade – something you may already be doing. The YWIT program provides a smooth transition from school to work, and a quicker route to certification in a trade – and to the earning power that goes with it.  You can begin your apprenticeship as early as Grade 10.

By registering as a secondary school apprentice in the school, you will be able to receive dual credit for the work you are already doing and get a head start on earning your trade certification; you may also be eligible for a scholarship.  “Dual Credit” means simultaneously receiving both secondary school credits required for graduation and credit toward completion of an apprenticeship.  As an added bonus, as a secondary school apprentice you may qualify for a $1000 scholarship.  By participating in the program you will be ahead of your peers in a career in the trades.

In the labour market, there is a concern about a skills shortage.  Employers need young people with the right skills, right now! There’s never been a better time to explore a career in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

If you are a secondary school student, or an employer willing to hire a student, please contact Rick McDonald at 604-217-4839 to find out more about the Youth Work IN Trades program or call the District Career Programs Office at (604) 504-4618, local 1802.

For a complete list of eligible trades in the province of B.C. and to find out more information regarding the SSA Program, visit the Industry Training Authority’s website at:

Thank you to Falling Frogs and the Richmond School District for demonstrating and explaining SSA in this great video.