Youth Train in Trades

What is Youth Train in Trades?

An apprenticeship involves about 80% of on-the-job or “work-based training” and 20% classroom or “technical training”. Youth Train in Trades (YTT) is funding for first level technical training programs. YTT is “dual credit” students earn both high school credits and technical training credit. YTT compliments Youth Work in Trades, the work-based youth apprenticeship program.

Program Format

Youth Train in Trades 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 YTT students looking for an apprenticeship have a better chance of finding an employer sponsor.

How do students benefit?

  • Youth Train in Trades allows students to start apprenticeship training in selected BC industry training programs.
  • Students enrolled in an YTT programs receive their post-secondary technical training tuition free
  • Depending on their program choice, YTT Students can earn up to 48 high school credits and post-secondary institute credits
  • Upon successful completion of an YTT program, students receive credit for the first level of technical training from the Industry Training Authority (ITA)

Student Eligibility

  • Students must be aged 19 and under and not yet achieved Ministry of Education graduation;
  • Students must complete the YTT program prior to July 1st of being 19;
  • Students must be registered for an approved YTT program prior to graduation;
  • Students must complete the YTT program within 3 months after their grade 12 graduation date;
  • Students must have a transition plan detailing their path and career in that trade;
  • Students must meet college entry requirements for technical training programs.


Students that successfully complete an YTT program, get ITA credit for first level technical training in their chosen industry training program (trade).

Youth Train in Trades Programs

Sooke School District #62 currently offers the following YTT programs in partnership with Camosun College:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Cabinet Maker/Joiner
  • Carpenter
  • Cook
  • Construction Electrician
  • Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic
  • Landscape and Production Horticulturist
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Plumber
  • Sheet Metal & Aircraft Structure Worker
  • Welder

Please note that SD62 also offers a number of additional programs through the Camosun partnership that are not trades based: Click here (under “resources” select the “Programs Guide”)

If you have any questions about an YTT program, please contact your school’s Career Coordinator.