The Youth Train In Trades (formerly known as ACE IT) carpentry program provides training for Grade 11 and 12 students interested in a career in carpentry and related trades. Based at West Vancouver Secondary, students receive training every second day, while attending their own secondary school for core academic subjects. This program is open to students across the North Shore, regardless of their home school.
This intensive program allows students to receive technical training typically done at a post-secondary institution while working toward high school graduation. Each student accepted into the program is registered as a trainee with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
What is The Youth Train In Trades (ACE-IT) Program?
The Youth Train In Trades (ACE IT) program is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) youth initiative that provides support for students to acquire training that leads to certification as a journeyman, while they are enrolled in high school.
The Youth Train In Trades (ACE IT) program is a dual-credit program which means students receive 16 credits (4 courses) towards high school graduation in addition to Level 1 Carpentry training and Work-Based Training hours credited toward apprenticeship and eventual journeyman certification. This technical training is typically done at a post-secondary institution with associated tuition and materials costs but this program is offered to high school students for significantly reduced costs because it is part of their Graduation Program. Each student is registered as a trainee with the ITA.
This program is for students who are keenly interested in acquiring industry recognized skills and certification in carpentry and construction. This intensive program would allow students to focus on learning carpentry skills by undertaking the first level of technical training required to pursue a Carpentry Apprenticeship. Youth Train In Trades (ACE IT) and subsequent Secondary School Apprenticeship program is a desirable career path that enables students to pursue opportunities in carpentry and related trades. It also provides a beneficial path toward further technical training, advanced post-secondary programs and university degrees.