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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
​"WORK in Trades" Program


WORK in Trades is an amazing opportunity that allows students, who are employed in an apprenticable trade working with a certified tradesperson, to:

  • gain up to four high school courses that count towards graduation;
  • learn and apply specific skills;
  • earn hours towards trade certification;
  • get paid

WORK in Trades is not a high school course that a student signs up for in the traditional way, as one might when doing course selection for PE or Social Studies. Instead, it is course work that is started after a trades job has been secured.

For each 120 hours that a student works, s/he can earn 4 high school credits, up to a maximum of 16 credits. In order for student work hours to be considered, a supervising employee must be a certified journeyperon or equivalent.

Students who have worked a trades job in the past, say last summer, can count up to 240 hours of back-dated work towards WORK in Trades 11a and 11b credits. Credit for WORK in Trades 12a and 12b would be for hours worked after being registered in the program. Note: all hours worked in a trade are counted towards that person's certification. 

There are 100+ apprenticeable trades to choose from in the province of BC.
Some of the more common trades that students are employed in (present part-time job or past summer job) include:

    • Professional Cook (at a non-fast food restaurant)
    • Carpenter
    • Electrician
    • Landscaper
    • Automotive Service Technician ('mechanic')
    • Welder
    • Baker
    • Sheet Metal Worker

Students can earn a $1,000 award by meeting all of the following criteria:

  • registered with the ITA as a Youth Apprentice;
  • graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood;
  • successfully completed WRK 11a, WRK 11b, WRK 12a, and WRK 12b (can be done after graduation);
  • maintained a C+ average or better on all Grade 12 courses;
  • reported 900+ hours to the ITA by December 31 of the school year in which they turn 19;

These awards do NOT need to be used for future trades training.  They are cheques in the students' names. They can be used for tools, a different trade, a different post-secondary program, or however the student feels appropriate.

Shown below are some of the 34 WORK award winners from the June 2016 graduation year who are holding their $1,000 cheques. Well done!


For more information on WORK in Trades, please call/text Joanna Horvath at  (cell) 604-312-7739 or email her at

 WORK in Trades Links

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828