Youth TRAIN in Trades




  • 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 (depends on program, see program page)
  • Intend to graduate
  • Interest in the trades
  • Committed to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to do well in the field


  • Most programs begin February 2023
    • Professional Cook begins September 2022
  • Programs are full-time for 1 or 2 semesters


  • Location depends on the program, see program pages below for more information


  • Contact your school’s Career Advisor or use the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information and/or to apply
  • Apply now and begin the program next school year


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  • Contact Form


  • Trades Training & Apprenticeship Programs in SD35 Brochure


  • Event and Information Session Schedule

  • 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 see your Career Advisor for more information.
    2. How do I apply?
    3. How many and what kind of high school credits are earned? 
      • Student 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 future 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.  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 do a Grade 12 trip 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.
    12. Can I still graduate at 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 both lead to apprenticeships.  They 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: information 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