School District 59 will receive funding to the tune of $20,000 from the Industry Training Authority as part of the ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs, during the fourth annual Apprenticeship Recognition Week.
The ITA Youth Work in Trades is a dual credit program that provides an opportunity for B.C. students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to begin their apprenticeship journey by working with local employers to gain practical hands-on experience. Students earn a paycheck while earning hours towards an apprenticeship and credits towards their high school diploma.
The ITA is investing $1,330,000 in 49 school districts across BC.
“This is a great time to be a part of B.C.’s skilled trades. The opportunity to earn while you learn in the Youth Work in Trades program helps students to kickstart their apprenticeship,” says Shelley Gray, interim CEO of the ITA.
“When students can get real work experience while still attending school, they have a head start on developing their career path,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “We want our students interested in skilled trades to be as prepared as possible to move forward in education, in work, and in life.”