Applications for the 2017/2018 school year are now open.
Early application deadline: March 8, 2017

Information Session for parents and students:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7 pm
West Vancouver Secondary School – Library

Train_InTrades_ColourThe 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).

Click here to see more information on Youth Train in Trades at the ITA website.

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.

youth-train-carpentry-web-1This 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.

Proposed Program Outline

The program will be offered at West Vancouver Secondary School every second day by a teacher who is a Red Seal Carpenter, during the regular school day. Students will receive credit towards 4 courses:

 

Carpentry Level 1
1 year program

WVSS
Every other day – Day 2

coursesacademics
Carpentry & Joinery 12:
Residential Construction
CJR 1243-4 courses
Carpentry Level 1 12ACARP 12A
Carpentry Level 1 12BCARP 12B
Carpentry Level 1 12CCARP 12C
Work Experience 12A or 12BWEX 12A/12B1

Students will also write the industry recognized certification exam. Dedicated students will have the opportunity to receive valuable work experience.

This program is available to Grade 11 and 12 students who have displayed an interest in carpentry. There is an application process that must be completed by all candidates to be considered for this special program. The application is available from Kim Adams, the District SSA Contact who can be contacted at kadams@wvschools.ca. The application will also be available in all West Vancouver School Careers Centres. A passionate grade 10 student may be considered for this program under certain circumstances.

Information sessions will be held prior to course selection deadlines. Students selecting this program will be asked to attend an interview with their parents/guardians after applications are reviewed.

Career Pathway Progression

Suggested program at a specific grade levelGrade 11 entry to Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT)
Grade 12 entry to Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT)
Grades 8-10
Participate in Applied Skills and Carpentry courses at their schoolParticipate in Applied Skills and Carpentry courses at their school
Grade 11Enroll in Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) program and receive 4 Carpentry courses for credit. Complete English 11, Socials 11, a Math 11 and a Science 11. Students may also receive Work Experience 12 credit.Complete mandatory graduation courses and school based Carpentry courses.
Participate in Work Experience where possible.
Grade 12Register as an apprentice and receive 4 courses for credit from the SSA program. Complete English 12, Graduation Transitions and up to 3 other courses at the Grade 12 level, which may include academic prerequisites for post-secondary schools including university.
School schedule—one day at school alternates with one day of paid employment.
Enroll in the Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) program and receive 4 Carpentry courses for credit. Complete English 12, Graduation Transitions and up to 3 other courses at the Grade 12 level, which may include academic prerequisites for post-secondary schools including university.
After Graduation
(Post-secondary training)
Graduates will alternate blocks of work based hours with attending a post-secondary institution such as BCIT for additional classroom and technical training. Training includes 4 levels of 7 weeks each to receive a Diploma of Trades Training.
Career Pathway/GoalEmployment and Certification as a Red Seal Carpenter which is recognized throughout Canada.
Career Centre Contacts

Rockridge Secondary
Leesa Alldred
(604) 981-1300 ext. 2246

Sentinel Secondary
(604) 981-1130

West Vancouver Secondary
Kim Adams
(604) 981-1171

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact District SSA Contact Kim Adams at kadams@wvschools.ca

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