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1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 0M6| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


Occupation Description: 
Bakers prepare doughs, batters and other ingredients and then produce items such as bread, buns, cakes, pie‚Äčs, cookies and other baked goods. They are employed in a variety of food establishments but the vast majority of work takes place in retail settings such as supermarkets, specialty bakeries, restaurants and hotels.

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l‚Äčook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin‚Äčg, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S‚Äčpring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

‚Äč‚Äčmid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ‚Äčensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits
  • look at the topics you will be taking at VCC: Program courses‚Äč
  • completed at least one "Foods & Nutrition" and/or "Cook Training" course(s) at the grade 11 or 12 level
    • ‚Äčor related experienc‚Äče, like a baking job in the community
  • Food Safe Level 1 (prior to the intake date)
  • complete step 1, the "VCC pre-intake app July 2024‚Äč" package...
    ‚Äčsee top link in right column (will update soon as VCC sends it to SD43)
    • few written responses
    • small portfolio of your baking and/or community involvement
  • when asked by VCC, complete an online application
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time‚Äč‚Äč

Time Commitment

  • 1 intake:  all of semester 1
    • ‚Äčnext intake: July 8,  2024 (ending December 12, 2024)
      • you will be at VCC attending the program throughout the summer
      • you will not have any school from December 13, 2024 to January 24, 2025 (basically 6-ish weeks off)... semester 2 will start at your home school on January 27, 2025‚Äč
  • 23 weeks long‚Äč‚Äč
  • 4 days a week:  Monday to Thursday
  • 11.30am to 6.30pm

Available Seats

  • There are 16 seats available for all districts in the Lower Mainland. VCC makes the final decision‚Äč on which students are accepted based on their portfolio and personal interview. Coquitlam has had up to 5 students in an intake, it all depends on the VCC application package and interview.


  • General
    • Creative, Expressive, Precise, and Visual
  • Key Job 
    • Monitoring‚Äč & Active Learning, Safe Food Storage & Handling, Merchandising/Inventory/Sales, Baked Goods Materials/Principles/Terminology, and Assembly/Icing/Decorating

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but stud‚Äčents will need to pay about $2,000 for items like:‚Äč‚Äč textbooks, recipe book, ‚Äčtools, CompassCard, name tag, uniform, lock, tool bag, etc. See VCC Info Sheet (right column) for more detailed breakdown. Students can get a letter of enrolment that might allow for parents to access RESP money - but check with your financial provider.‚Äč

Location + Transportation

  • VCC "downtown campus" - 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian‚Äč
    • Skytrain to/from "Chinatown/Stadium station" is probably the ‚Äčbest transportation option

Student Eligibility

  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 of th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a program begins in March of a gr 12s final semester and runs for 23 weeks - it is okay for that student‚Äč to ‚Äčapply to
    • ex 2:  program will begin in July after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 should not apply as they will not be accepted‚Äč‚Äč
  • must have government-issued ‚Äčphoto ID that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date in early-December ‚Äč‚Äč(ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport). This exam represents 20% of your final overall mark.‚Äč
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students"


Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč:‚Äč




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828