Kootenay Lake School District 8 and Selkirk College are partnering together to pilot the delivery of the ITA Youth Explore Trades program to assist students in their career exploration while learning trades and technology skills. Students in grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to sample various trades programs (Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing and Sheet Metal) that are currently in demand in BC.
The ITA Youth Trades Sampler Program is a full time (20 week) program during semester 2 primarily at the Silver King Campus. Transportation will be provided by SD8.
The central outcome of the ITA Trades Sampler program is to provide students with an opportunity to explore several careers in the construction trades through relevant hands-on experiences while working toward their high school graduation.
One of the goals of the Trades Sampler program is to help students explore one of the many careers in the construction trades. Students will be able to apply for Dual Credit Trades Program with Selkirk College upon program completion and may be given preferential seating in their grade 12 school year.
In addition, studetns may qualify for an ITA Youth Work placement with an employer as an apprentice where the studetns will earn a wage while they are learning their chosen trade.
The program fee of $150 covers the cost of the toolkit (students will own the kit upon completion), job-ready certifications, safety training and a project fee.
Families who experience finanical hardship should contact their school to discuss options. Students will be engaged in several related hands-on projects/activities as well as building science and trades related math. Topics include: Carpentry, Electrical, Applied Math/Science, Safe Work Practise & Certification.