Youth Train in Trades


  • Foundation or apprenticeship training in a trade
  • SkilledTradesBC recognized technical trades training


  • Learn skills and gain experience
  • Earn high school and post-secondary credits at the same time (dual credit)
  • Tuition-free for eligible SD35 students


  • Will be in Grade 11-12
  • Intention to graduate
  • Interest in the trades
  • Committed to learn the skills, knowledge and attitude required to do well in the field


  • Most programs begin in February
    • Professional Cook begins in September
  • Programs are full-time for 1 or 2 semesters


  • The location depends on the program, click on the program icons below for more info


  • Contact your school’s Career Advisor for more information and to apply
  • Apply now and begin the program next school year


Click on the images below to learn more about our Youth Train programs:










  • Contact Us

  • Trades Training & Apprenticeship Programs in SD35 Brochure


  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. What if I’m in Grade 12 already? Is it too late? 
      • It depends on a number of factors. Please contact us using the form above.
    2. How do I apply?
    3. How many and what kind of high school credits are earned? 
      • Students earn between 16-40 high school elective credits (4-10 elective courses).
    4. How could these programs affect my GPA?
      • Most students find that their marks go up when they are deeply engaged in a Youth TRAIN program.
    5. Can I still do post-secondary after? Will I have enough courses if I want to go to university?
      • Many post-secondary options are available to Youth TRAIN students including university.  Meet with your Career Advisor and/or counsellor to discuss your options.
    6. What if I don’t pass? Do I not graduate?
      • Most students who go through the application process, and work hard in their Youth TRAIN program are successful. However, if you are concerned about your ability to pass, or your academic standing, please see your school’s counselor.
    7. What if I don’t have the right courses at the time of application?
      • Pre-requisites are needed by the time you start the program.  See your school counselor to discuss and plan your options.
    8. Can I work while I’m taking this program?
      • Keep in mind that these are full-time post-secondary training programs and require substantial homework and student commitment.  It is suggested that until you limit your part-time work hours.
    9. Do I get Spring Break and school Professional Development Days off?
      • Each program is different, please see the Program Guide listed on each program webpage.  Each program follows a different post-secondary schedule and in some cases, students will not get Spring Break or Pro-D days off.
    10.  What if I miss school while in the program?
      • All post-secondary programs require regular consistent attendance.  Instructors cover new material daily and are unable to reteach material due to student absence.
    11. I am hoping to travel during Spring Break. Can I still do a Youth TRAIN program?
      • Youth TRAIN programs follow the post-secondary partner’s calendar and it is not likely that you will be off during Spring Break.  post-secondary Institutes have a strict policy on attendance as these programs cover new material daily and regular attendance is key to student success.  Please discuss your trip idea with your Career Advisor before applying for a program.
    12. Can I still graduate from my home school?
      • Yes. Youth TRAIN students can participate in home school graduation activities if you are in a position to graduate.
    13. Can I do Youth TRAIN and Youth WORK together?
      • Yes, we encourage this. Youth TRAIN and Youth WORK work well together!
    14. How can I learn more details about each program?
      • See your school’s Career Advisor for the schedule of planned events: info sessions, tours, open houses, etc. We also encourage you to talk to current and/or past students.
    15. What happens if I can’t pay the program fees?
      • We encourage students to apply regardless of financial situation. Partial bursaries and payment options may be available for students. Please see your counselor to discuss your option.
  • Youth Train in Trades transition after completion