Youth Work in Trades (formerly Secondary School Apprenticeship)

Youth Work in Trades is the work-based training component of an Industry Training Program.  Students can start the Youth Work in Trades program in grade 10.

Get a head start on the work-based training for an apprenticeship program while you’re still in high school. As an Youth Work in Trades student, you’ll “earn while you learn” and graduate from the Youth Work in Trades program with 16 high-school credits and 480 work-based training hours that count towards your trade credential.


You may be eligible for a $1000 Youth Work in Trades Award if you:

  • Are registered with ITA as a youth apprentice.

  • Have a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood Diploma.

  • Have successfully completed WRK1A, WRK1B, WRK2A and WRK2B.

  • Maintained a C+ average or better in your Grade 12 courses.

  • Reported 900+ hours to ITA within six months of graduating.


Work Experience

Both school-sponsored career exploration and community-based work experience are intended to help prepare students for the transition from secondary school to the world of work or further education and training. However, in work experience, the community is the classroom where students gain knowledge and experience about the workplace and are provided with a frame of reference to review or revise their career goals. Work experience provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom learning in a context outside of school and to bring back to the classroom new perspectives about their learning. Work experience also provides students with the chance to gain new skills that can be used in future work opportunities.  Work Experience is open to students in grades 11 and 12.  Students can earn upto 8 credits towards graduation.


The primary goal of work experience is to help students prepare for the transition from secondary school to the world of work. Through work experience, students have the opportunity to observe and practice generic employability skills required in the workplace, as well as technical and applied skills relating to specific occupations or industries. Other goals include helping students to:

• connect what they learn in the classroom with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed in the workplace

• gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be successful in the world of work

• develop job readiness skills for specific occupations and careers

• understand the similarities and differences in behaviour standards between the workplace and school

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