An apprenticeship involves about 80% of on-the-job or “work-based training” and 20% classroom or “technical training”. ACE IT is funding for first level technical training programs. ACE IT is “dual credit” students earn both high school credits and technical training credit. ACE IT compliments SSA, the work-based youth apprenticeship program.
ACE IT programs are generally developed and offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions with classes often being taught at a college. After achieving first level technical training through ACE IT students looking for an apprenticeship have a better chance of finding an employer sponsor.
How do students benefit?
ACE IT allows students to start apprenticeship training in selected BC industry training programs.
Students enrolled in an ACE IT programs receive their post-secondary technical training tuition free
Depending on their program choice, ACE IT Students can earn up to 48 high school credits and post-secondary institute credits
Upon successful completion of an ACE IT program, students receive credit for the first level of technical training from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
Students must be aged 19 and under and not yet achieved Ministry of Education graduation;
Students must complete the ACE IT program prior to reaching the age of 20;
Students must be registered for an approved ACE IT program prior to graduation; and
Students must complete the ACE IT program within 3 months after their grade 12 graduation date
Students must meet college entry requirements for technical training programs.
Students that successfully complete an ACE IT program, get ITA credit for first level technical training in their chosen industry training program (trade).
ACE IT Programs
Sooke School District #62 currently offers the following ACE IT programs in partnership with Camosun College:
Automotive Service Technician
Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic
Landscape and Production Horticulturist
Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
Sheet Metal & Aircraft Structure Worker
If you have any questions about an ACE IT program, please contact your school’s Career Coordinator.