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. They can earn graduation credits while logging work-based training hours that count towards their apprenticeship. Students can  register at anytime during the school year.


  • 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 (see bottom of this page for details)


To be considered for the Youth WORK in Trades Apprenticeship Program, students must:

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

Getting Started:

  • Contact Form

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

    $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 December 31 of the school year the student turns 19

    For more details, click here

  • 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.