Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is an educational program jointly supported by the Ministry of Education and the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The main goal of SSA is to allow students to begin apprenticeship work-based training as part of their secondary school education program.



  • Combines the K-12 education and apprenticeship training systems, leading to both secondary school graduation and   ongoing apprenticeship training for trade certification in BC
  • Allows students to register with the ITA as an apprentice sponsored by an employer
  • Allows students to gain work-based training hours toward trade certification
  • Is open to all students 15 years old or older in Grades 10, 11, or 12, including students on the Grade 12 Dogwood or Adult Graduation Programs


SSA involves:

  • Being apprentices in any trade that is recognized by the ITA. See the list of Red Seal and BC Trade programs at
  • Discover Apprenticeship Programs
  • Completing paid work-based training, which is skill development through practical, hands-on experiences under the   supervision of a trades persons or equivalent
  • Completing a minimum 480 hours of work-based training with a sponsor employer
  • Earning course credits – SSA 11A, SSA 11B, SSA 12A, and SSA 12B,
  • Students are encouraged to take technical training through ACE IT.


How to Become Eligible

Through family or business contacts, identify an employer with trades-qualified employees and willing to register you as an apprentice in your desired occupation. You may also have the opportunity identify a potential employer by participating in Career Preparation/Work Experience Program in your school.

For further information regarding Secondary School Apprenticeship, please call the District Careers and Transitions Office at 250-478-5501 ext 201


Sooke School District

3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5R1

Phone: (250) 474-9800

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday