Youth WORK in Trades

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The Industry Training Authority’s (ITA) Youth WORK in Trades program allows students to start their apprenticeship while they are still in high school. Students can earn graduation credits while logging work-based training hours that count towards an apprenticeship. Register at any time during the school year.

 

Benefits:

  • option to work part-time and attend school part-time while earning full-time credits school
  • earn up to 16 elective credits/4 courses towards graduation
  • acquire skills employers want
  • get a head start on your career
  • use 480 paid work hours towards your apprenticeship
  • have a seamless transition from school to work
  • may become eligible for a $1000 Youth WORK in Trades Award

Requirements:

Students must:

  • have parent/guardian permission
  • be 15-19 years old
  • be working, have worked or will be working in an ITA regulated trade

Employers must:

  • have WorkSafe BC coverage for workers
  • have an ITA certified tradesperson as a sponsor or willing to go through ITA Sign-Off Authority process

Getting Started:

 

 

 

  • Contact Form

  • Express Registration

    Once you have reviewed the program requirements above, complete this Express Registration Form to get started

     

  • How do you earn the $1000 Youth WORK in Trades Award?

    Students who are eligible for the Youth WORK in Trades Award will automatically be considered. There is no need to apply. To be eligible, students must have:

    • Been registered with the Industry Training Authority as a Youth Apprentice
    • Graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood
    • Earned passing grades in all four Youth WORK in Trades courses (WRK 11A, WRK 11B, WRK 12A, and WRK 12B)
    • Maintained a C+ average or better on Grade 12 numbered courses
    • Reported a total of at least 900 hours to the ITA by August 31 after the school year the student turns 19

    Examples when a student must earn 900 WBT hours with the ITA:

    • Student turns 19 in Jan-Jun 2021. Their deadline is Aug 31, 2021
    • Student turns 19 in Jul-Dec 2021. Their deadline is Aug 31, 2022
    • Student turns 19 in Jan-Jun 2022. Their deadline is Aug 31, 2022
    • Student turns 19 in Jul-Dec 2022. Their deadline is Aug 31, 2023
    • Student turns 19 in Jan-Jun 2023. Their deadline is Aug 31, 2023
    • Student turns 19 in Jul-Dec 2023. Their deadline is Aug 31, 2024

     

  • What other grants, awards, financial supports and incentives are available to apprentices?

    Red Seal Trades

    Apprentices in Red Seal trades are eligible for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG).

    To earn the AIG, Level 1 and/or Level 2 must be completed in addition to a number of Work Based Training (WBT) hours  that depend on the trade. To see the WBT hours requirement for each Red Seal trade, visit this link.

    The AIG is $1,000 for completion of Level 1 and Level 2 and the WBT hours. Women working in underrepresented trades are eligible for $3,000 for Level 1 and Level 2.

    The ACG provides $2,000 to those who earn a Red Seal in a trade.

    A full list of financial supports available to apprentices can be found here.

    Non-Red-Seal Trades

    Provincial tax credits are available for apprentices in ITA regulated non-Red-Seal Trades. More information is available here.

    A full list of financial supports available to apprentices can be found here.