Youth Work In Trades

All Call For Youth Apprentices

Grade 10, 11, 12 students:   Are you currently working in a skilled trade, maybe at a restaurant, on a construction site, in an automotive shop, or in a hair salon?  If so, you may be eligible to enroll in Youth Work In Trades and earn a $1,000 award.

Youth Apprenticeship Registration Form

Work-Based Training Report

In an effort to promote the Youth Work In Trades (YWIT) program, Abbotsford School District is searching for “hidden apprentices”. If you are a secondary school student working in a skilled trade, you may be eligible to become a Youth Apprentice.  Abbotsford Career Programs also encourages students participating in Youth Train in Trades programs to pursue employment and sponsorship during or after their program.  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 Youth Apprentice, you will be eligible to earn up to 16 credits towards Graduation.  As well, your employer sponsor will report your work-based training hours to the Industry Training Authority, which can help you towards completing an apprenticeship in a skilled trade.  As an added bonus, Youth Apprentices may qualify for a $1000 award after working 900 hours in  trade.  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 working in a skilled trade, or an employer willing to sponsor a Youth Apprentice, please contact Rick McDonald at 604-217-4839 to find out more about the Youth Work In Trades program, call the District Career Programs Office at (604) 504-4618, local 1802, or contact your school-based career facilitator.

For a complete list of eligible trades in the province of B.C., visit the Industry Training Authority 

To find out more information regarding the Youth Apprenticeship Program, visit ITA Youth.

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