Students in grades 10-12 get an opportunity to earn while they learn skilled trades

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – September 25, 2017) – The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is investing over $1.2M across the province to fund the ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs. This year, 46 school districts across BC have been approved to receive $20,000 to $40,000 each in funding to support youth apprentices in their communities (see Backgrounder).

Youth Work in Trades is a dual credit program that provides an opportunity for BC students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to begin their apprenticeship journey. The funds support school districts in connecting students with local employers to attain practical experience. Students will earn a paycheque while gaining credit toward their high school diploma and the work-based training portion of their trades apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job and classroom training and typically takes four years to complete.

“Introducing trades programs to young people while they’re still in high school gives them a flavor of the exciting possibilities that lie ahead,” says Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Trades students are the ones who will be building our homes, schools, roads and hospitals. To ensure labour market demands are met, it is crucial that we equip young people with the right skills for the job opportunities of today and tomorrow.”

“High school is a pivotal time for young adults to discover their strengths and passions and develop the skills to take them through life,” explains Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “It’s important for them to have all options and opportunities in front of them so they can make the best career decision to enable them to lead successful, meaningful and prosperous lives. A career in the skilled trades is a fulfilling way to make a living, so I am pleased that so many great ITA programs are available to the future innovators and builders of our province.”

“Young people play a pivotal role in sustaining BC’s future economic boom,” says Gary Herman, CEO, ITA. “Access and exposure to trades programs at an early age will help prepare young people for jobs and an apprenticeship is one of the best ways for our young workforce to gain skills for in-demand jobs.”

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