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Youth Explore Trades Sampler is a one semester program for students entering Grade 11 or Grade 12. The program comprises of 4 courses (16 credits) towards the Dogwood Diploma and BC secondary school graduation.

What is Youth Explore Trades Sampler?

Youth Explore Trades Sampler is a program of special interest to students who are considering pursuing a career in the skilled trades. Youth Explore Trades Sampler offers students the chance to explore four or more trades in enough depth to have a good understanding of what would be involved in pursuing a particular trade as a career option. Riverside College will be offering Youth Explore Trades Sampler to students entering Grade 11 or 12 who are interested in attending Riverside College for one semester. Students in this program attend their home school for the alternate semester to complete other graduation requirements. 


Why Take the Youth Explore Trades Sampler Program?

  • ​You are interested in trades and enjoy a hands on learning environment

  • You are interested in trades, but not really sure which trade you prefer

  • You anticipate entering trades as a future career after graduating secondary school and welcome the opportunity to develop diverse trades skills in advance of entering your specialty area

  • You are interested in the potential of attending Riverside College in a specific trades program in your Grade 12 year or beyond and would like to see what the school has to offer

  • You have an interest in attaining certifications in areas such as Occupational First Aid, Fall Protection and WHMIS to build your employability skills

  • You learn well in a small class environment (Youth Explore Trades Sampler has a maximum of 16 students per class)

What Will I Learn in the Youth Explore Trades Sampler Program? Possibilities could include the following, however, may vary from year to year:


Core Training:

  • SkilledTradesBC Apprenticeship System

  • Employability skills

  • Essential skills in Literacy, Numeracy and Technical Fluency related to trades

  • Safe Work Practices

  • WorkSafeBC

  • Career planning


  • Electrical circuits

  • Drawings and Specifications

  • Low Voltage Distribution Systems

  • Install and test electrical circuits.


  • Hand and Portable Tool use

  • Pipes, Valves and Fittings

  • Residential Water Delivery and Waste Systems

  • Install simple plumbing systems with various types of pipes and fittings


  • Tool and Shop Equipment use

  • Read Construction Drawings and Specifications

  • Floors, Walls and Partitions

  • Frame floors, support systems and wall


Additional opportunities for learning in other trades will be made available in a general sense through observation, shadowing, field trips or presentations as appropriate. 

Youth Explore

Trades Sampler

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NOTE: This program has a minimum Ministry of Education age requirement of 16.5 years (born before June 30, 2008)


Program Start Date:

Intake #1 September 2024 to January 2025

Intake #2 February 2025 to June 2025


March 15


Program Length:

1 semester

Pre-Requisites for Grade 11 Youth Explore Trades Sampler:

​Successful completion of all Grade 10 courses.

Recommendation of 65% or higher in Math, English and Science.

Pre Requisites for Grade 12 Youth Explore Trades Sampler:

Successful completion of Grade 11 graduation requirements.

Recommendation of 65% or higher in Math, English and Science.


Will vary, but could include: 

  • First Aid


  • Fall Protection

  • Alive After Five

  • & others.



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