Applications to the Carpentry Program for the 2024-2025 school year are now closed. You may apply to the waitlist by clicking the “Apply Here” button.

Please contact Ms. Parnaz Kashani at pkashani@wvschools.ca if you have any questions.

Train_InTrades_ColourWhat is The Youth Train In Trades Program?

The Youth Train In Trades (YTT) Carpentry Program is for students who are keenly interested in acquiring industry recognized skills and certification in carpentry, construction and related trades.

YTT provides training for students, Grades 11 and 12, interested in a career in carpentry and related trades. If a Grade 10 student is very interested in the program, the application will be reviewed.

In the linear timetable, students will attend their home schools and ITA Carpentry on alternating days (Day1/Day 2).

Interested students from other districts should contact Akina Weitzel at aweitzel@wvschools.ca as soon as possible so that we can work with their home school to develop a shared plan.

Students can participate in this Carpentry Program while remaining in their registered secondary school (e.g., Rockridge, Sentinel or WVSS) for core academic subjects.

Students across the North Shore who are registered in secondary schools outside of West Vancouver Schools (e.g., students registered in the North Vancouver School District) may be considered for the intensive program based on their circumstances.

YTT allows students to receive technical training, typically done at a post-secondary institution, while working towards high school graduation. Each student accepted into the program is registered as a trainee with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

One of the components of assessment and completion is that students write the industry recognized certification exam at the end of the year. By participating in the Youth Train in Trades program, students receive 16 credits (4 courses) towards high school graduation, in addition to Level 1 Carpentry training.

Students also have the option to complete the Youth Work in Trades program, where the hours worked as an apprentice, can lead to journeyman certification. Once students have completed 900+ hours in their trades work, they will receive $1000 to go towards schooling in the trades.

The Youth Train in Trades program is usually completed at a post-secondary institution with associated tuition and materials costs. However, we are offering this YTT program to high school students as part of their graduation program at significantly reduced costs.

Participation in both the Youth Train In Trades (YTT) and the Youth Work In Trades (YWT) program are a desirable combination that enable 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. Both, Youth Train in Trades and Youth Work in Trades programs can be taken in any order or at the same time and there are no prerequisites.

YTT Program Outline

The program is offered at West Vancouver Secondary School throughout the year on alternating days (Day 1.Day 2), and will be taught by West Vancouver Schools teacher, Mr. Greg Cormier.

 

Carpentry Level 1
1 year program

WVSS
Every other day

# of courses received through YTT: 4

# of academic courses at registered school: 3-4

Carpentry & Joinery 12:
Residential Construction
CJR 12
Carpentry Level 1 12A CARP 12A
Carpentry Level 1 12B CARP 12B
Carpentry Level 1 12C CARP 12C

Career Pathway Progression

Suggested program at a specific grade level Grade 11 entry to Youth Train in Trades
Grade 12 entry to Youth Train in Trades
Grades 8-10
Participate in Applied Skills and Carpentry courses at their school Participate in Applied Skills and Carpentry courses at their school
Grade 11 Enroll in Youth Train in Trades program and receive 4 Carpentry courses for credit. Complete English 11, Careers Life Connections 11, Socials 11, a Math 11 and a Science 11. Students may also receive Work Experience 12 credit and Youth Work In Trades where possible. Complete mandatory graduation courses and school-based Carpentry courses.
Participate in Work Experience where possible.
Grade 12 Register as an apprentice and receive 16 credits from the Youth Work in Trades program. Complete English 12, Career Life Connections 12 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 program and receive 4 Carpentry courses for credit. Complete English 12, Career Life Connections 12 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 3 levels of 7 weeks each to receive a Diploma of Trades Training.
Career Pathway/Goal Employment and Certification as a Red Seal Carpenter which is recognized throughout Canada.

Ms. Parnaz Kashani
District Careers Coordinator
pkashani@wvschools.ca
604-981-1300


Greg Cormier
Teacher of Architecture, Drafting and ACE-IT Carpentry
West Vancouver Secondary School
gcormier@wvschools.ca
604-981-1100

Career Centre Contacts

Rockridge Secondary
Parnaz Kashani
(604) 981-1300

Sentinel Secondary
Hugh Wilson
(604) 981-1130

West Vancouver Secondary
Chris Campagnolo
(604) 981-1100

Personnel

Greg Cormier


WVS Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Master of Arts in Education
Red Seal Carpenter
Passionate, skilled & experienced

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