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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
​Youth Work in Trades (formerly SSA)


Youth Work in Trades, formerly Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA), 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

Youth Work in Trades (formerly SSA) 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 over 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 scholarship 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 SSA award winners from the June 2016 graduation year who are holding their $1,000 cheques. Well done!


For more information on Youth Work in Trades (Secondary School Apprenticeships), please contact Joanna Horvath at either (c) 604-312-7739 or

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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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