Youth Work in Trades

Are you 15 years or older and working in a trade? Are you working with a qualified tradesperson?

You could be eligibile for 16 high school credits. The Youth Work in Trades Program (formerly known as Secondary School Apprenticeship) allows students to receive high school credits for paid workplace-based training. Four credits are earned for every 120 hours for a total of 16 credits (480 hours).

Students participating in the Youth Work in Trades program are registered with the industry Training Authority (ITA) as apprentices and obtain "time in trade" hours that count towards the completion of the on-the-job portion of an industry Training Program. 

Details to note: 

  • Students work after school or during school holidays or take one full semester and work with an employer who has their complete trades training certification. 
  • Students are paid by their red seal qualified employer (at least minimum wage or higher).
  • Student are awarded a $1000 scholarship if they graduate and achieve a C+ average in their grade 12 courses, and they continue in the trade for at least 6 months. 


  • Be enrolled in Grade 10-12 and age 15 or older
  • Maintain a C+ or higher average in Mathematics
  • Demonstrate a suitable level of maturity and interest in the trades
  • Through family or business contacts, identify an employer who is trades qualified and willing to register you as an apprentice in the desired occupation. 

YWT Program Examples: Carpenter, antique furniture restorer, auto body repair, baker, cook, electrician, upholsterer, glazier, hairdresser, jeweller, locksmith, meat cutter, painter, plumber, recreational vehicle technician, welder.