Trades Programs Overview

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Comox Valley Schools in partnership with North Island College, Vancouver Community College, Camosun College, Keystone College and the (Industry Training Authority (ITA) offers many Trade Sampler, Train in Trades and Work In Trades programs for our school aged students. 
 
School District staff are committed to helping trades orientated students get started on their way to "earning while learning".
 
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Trades Samplers are a great way for students in grade 11 and/or 12 to gain experience and sample a variety of trades before committing to a full Youth Train in Trades program at a post secondary institution.  The following Trades Samplers are offered in Comox Valley schools;
  • Construction Trades Sampler - G.P. Vanier Secondary
  • Transportation Trades Sampler - G.P. Vanier Secondary
  • Metal Mechanical Trades Sampler - Mark R. Isfeld Secondary
 
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Train in Trades programs are full time programs offered by a Post Secondary Institution and follow the ITA's curriculum.  Typically, most students enter the Train in Trades programs in Semester 2 of their Grade 12 year.  However, some motivated students that have planned accordingly may also enter the program in September of Grade 12 (ie take English 12 in Semester 2 of their grade 11 year).  Entry at the beginning of Grade 12 is needed for certain programs such as; Aircraft Structures, Auto Service Technician, Electronics Core (with Electrical) and Heavy Mechanical Foundation as they are typically only offered with a September start. 
 
Comox Valley Schools PAYS THE TUITION for these programs but does not cover any other fees.  For full information about each program, please visit their individual pages. 
 
The Ministry Of Education has changed it funding model and SD71 will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SPONSOR students past Grade 12 by paying their tuition unless their is an exceptional circumstance that has been pre-approved by the Ministry of Education well in advance.
 
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Youth Work in Trades (WRK 11A, 11B, 12A, 12B) allows students to begin the process of apprenticeship while still in school. As a​n YWT student, you'll "earn while you learn" and graduate from the YWT program with 16 high-school credits and 480 work-based training hours that count towards your trade credential.  There is also the potential of a $1000 award 
 
Contact Murray Shold if you are currently working with a with a journey person who would be willing to work with you as an apprentice.

 

Programs Offered for 2020-2021
Updated: April 2020

Program

Length

months

Projected Program Dates
(Covid 19 Adjustment)

Minimum Prerequisites

Suggested Courses

(Always check NIC website for updates)

Grad Credits

Location

Aircraft Structures

10

September
(Oct 5th - July 18th)

C+ in English 11

C+ in AW 11 or FOM11

Recommend: Metal, Wood, Drafting,

Transportation or Metal Trade Samplers

40

NIC

Campbell R

Auto Service Technician

8

September
(Oct 5th - May 14th)

C in English 10 (2 parts)

C in Math 10

Recommend: Auto,

Metal, Electronics,

Transportation Trade Sampler

32

NIC

Campbell R

Auto Collision

5

Feb 1st - June 25th

Pass in Eng 10 (2 parts), pass AW10,

Recommend: Auto, Metal, Transportation Trade Sampler or Metal Trades Sampler

20

Local shops, VCC

Carpentry

6

February
(Feb 22nd - Aug 6th)

C in English 10 (2 parts)

C in Math 10

Recommend: Wood, Draft, Skills EX, Construction Trades Sampler

24

NIC
Courtenay

Cook

5

Feb 1st - June 25th

C in Eng 10, C+ in AW10,

Food Safe Level 1

Recommend: Home- Ec courses

20

Camosun Courtenay

Electrical

6

Feb 1st - July 16th

C+ in Eng 11, C+ in Pre-calc 11 or FOM11,  

Recommend: Physics 11, Electronics,

Skills EX, Construction Trades Sampler, Drafting

24

NIC

Campbell R

Electronics Core

+ Electrical

9

Sept 8th - May 28th

C+ in Eng 11, C+ in Pre-calc 11 or Foundations 11,

Recommend: Physics 11, Electronics,

Skills EX, Construction Trades Sampler 

36

NIC

Campbell R

Metal Fabricator

6

February
(Feb 1st  - July 9th)

C in English 10 (2 parts)

C in Math 10

Recommend: Metalwork, Drafting,

Metal Trades Sampler

24

NIC

Campbell R

Hairdressing

9

February - October
(2 week Summer Break)

Admission Interview

Grade 12

36

Keystone

Academy

Heavy Duty Mechanics

8

September
(Oct 5th - Jun 18th)

C in English 10 (2 parts)

C in Math 10

Recommend: Auto, Metalwork, Electronics,

Transportation Trade Sampler

36

NIC

Campbell R

Plumbing & Piping Trades

6

Feb 1st - Jul 16th

C in English 10 (2 parts)
C in Math 10

Recommend:Skills EX, Metal, Drafting, Construction Trades Sampler

24

NIC

Courtenay

Welding C

7

Feb 1st - Aug 6th

C in English 10 (2 parts)

C in Math 10

Recommend: Metalwork, Drafting,

Metal Trades Sampler

28

NIC

Campbell R

Construction Trade Sampler

5

February

n/a

20

Vanier

Metal Mechanical Trade Sampler

5

 

February

n/a

20

Isfeld

Transportation Trade Sampler

5

February

n/a

20

Vanier

 
Resources for students, parents and teachers/counselors
CareerTrek Trades Train Careers In Trades Essential Skills