Youth Work in Trades


Youth Work in Trades (YWT) is an educational program jointly supported by the Ministry of Education and the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The main goal of YWT 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, including students on the Grade 12 Dogwood or Adult Graduation Programs

Youth Work in Trades involves

  • Being apprentices in any trade that is recognized by the ITA. See the list of Red Seal and BC Trade programs at
  • ITA Youth Work in Trades
  • 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 – WRK 11A, WRK 11B, WRK 12A, and WRK 12B,
  • Students are encouraged to take technical training through Youth Train in Trades.

How to Become Eligible

Through family or business contacts, or with support of the Careers teacher, 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 to identify a potential employer by participating in Career Preparation/Work Experience Program in your school.

For further information regarding Youth Work in Trades, please contact: