Apprenticeship Programs

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

Earn high school credits & college/university credits at the same time! Start post-secondary apprenticeship training while still in high school!

How to apply for an apprenticeship (ace it) program:

  1. Pick up an application form from your counsellor or career information advisor
    complete pages 1-4 of the application (include all items listed on page two).
     
  2. Return the application and all required documents to your counsellor.
    Your counsellor will add all other necessary items (marks, attendance etc.)
    Your counsellor sends the completed application to the career programs office (located at the Richmond school board office, 7811 Granville avenue)

 

ACE IT PROGRAMS

Auto Service Tech 1

The SD38 ACE IT Auto Service Technician program offers students an opportunity to receive the first of four levels of technical training towards their Red Seal certification in this trade. Students apply their knowledge through hands-on experience in shops at McNair Secondary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).  Students learn how to diagnose and repair all facets of automotive operation: power train, suspension, brakes, electrical, air conditioning, and more.

Program Details

  • full-time second semester; Feb. – June students attend McNair Secondary
  • students attend KPU Cloverdale campus for 4 consecutive weeks during the program
  • receive 16 grade 12 credits (4 courses)
  • School District #38 covers KPU tuition costs for this program
  • students are responsible for the cost of program learning resources, uniform, safety equipment, and any applicable student fees

Minimum Requirements:

  • English 11 or Comm 11
  • Any Math 11
  • Physics 11 is recommended
  • Knowledge of computers
  • Successful results on district entrance exam

Email: 

pthackwray@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6000 ext 1463
  • Days of Work:  Day 1's (alternating days)

 

Professional Cook 1

The Professional Cook Level 1 certification program provides a solid foundation of skills required for a cook to succeed in today’s fast-paced, diverse foods service environment.  Students learn to prepare of a variety of foods including grills, roasts, sauces, seafood, soups and stocks.  As well, they will gain skills in kitchen management, butchery and baking.  Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive the first of three levels towards their Red Seal certification.

Program Details

  • full-time; September – June students attend Richmond Secondary on Day 2’s
  • full-time; July – August students must attend VCC for five weeks (downtown campus)
  • receive 16-20 grade 12 credits (3 in class courses and 1-2 Work Experience)

Minimum Requirements:

  • English 11 or Comm 11
  • any Math 11
  • able to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment
  • successful results on district entrance exam
  • Foodsafe Level 1 Certification  (You can get this during the summer prior to program start.)

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Hair Design

The one-year SD38 ACE IT Professional Hairstyling/Cosmetology program provides students an opportunity to gain skills, training and hands on experience in this field.  The students learn about the fundamentals of hairdressing, professional procedures & practices, sanitation & safety, chemical hair services, hair cutting, retail and sales, as well as service and communication skills.

Email: 

pthackwray@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6000 ext 1463
  • Days of Work:  Day 1's (alternating days)

 

Plumbing

The SD38 ACE IT Plumbing program offers students an opportunity to receive the first of four levels of technical training towards their Red Seal certification in this trade.  Students will apply their knowledge through hands on experiences in shops at Palmer Secondary and the Piping Industry College (PIC).

Students learn how to plan, design, install and service various types of piping systems.  They work with residential water heating, supply and drainage systems.  Students learn how to read blueprints and develop basic drafting and sketching skills.  The students also learn how to correctly use industry specific tools and machinery.

Program Details

  • September – June students attend Palmer Secondary full time on Day 2’s
  • students attend the PIC on Annacis Island for four separate weeks during the year (student’s own transport)
  • receive 16 grade 12 credits (four courses)
  • School District #38 covers PIC tuition costs for this program
  • students are responsible for the cost of program learning resources, uniform, safety equipment, and any applicable student fees

Minimum Requirements:

  • English 10
  • any Math 10
  • physically able; apprentices are often on their feet for most of the day
  • successful result on district entrance exam

Email: 

ghamilton@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone:  604-668-6000 ext 1047
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri (except Wednesdays)

 

Auto Collision Repair

The SD38 ACE IT Auto Collision program offers students an opportunity to receive the first of four levels of technical training towards their Red Seal certification.  Students acquire practical experience in Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) professional auto-collision shop.  Students gain skills in body welding, fitting, sheet metal and electrical repair.  As well, ACE IT students learn about auto body refinishing and basic paint technology.

Program Details

  • full-time second semester; mid-January to late-August
  • program delivered at the VCC King Edward Campus
  • receive 24 credits (6 courses) at the grade 12 level
  • four-week work experience at a professional body shop
  • School District #38 covers VCC tuition costs for this program
  • students are responsible for the cost of program learning resources, uniform, safety equipment, and any applicable student fees

Minimum Requirements:

  • English 11 or Comm 12
  • any Math 10
  • mechanical aptitude and interest in the field
  • good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • successful results on district entrance exam
  • strong attendance and punctuality records

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Baking & Pastry Art

The SD38 ACE IT Baking & Pastry Arts program is offered through a partnership with Vancouver Community College (VCC) and provides students an opportunity to receive the first of three levels needed to acquire Red Seal certification in this trade.  In this creative and demanding program, students learn about the preparation of general baking (pies, cookies) with a specialization in Patisserie (cakes & pastries), breads and doughs.  This program starts in August (offered only in first semester). 

Program Details

  • applications due by March 30th interviews in early May @ VCC
  • must complete a one-week practicum at VCC prior to interview in May
  • full-time; 24 weeks (August - January) 
  • students attend VCC downtown campus
  • earn 28 high school credits (7 courses)
  • 120 hours of Work Experience required; students must arrange on own
  • School District #38 covers VCC tuition costs for this program
  • students are responsible for the cost of program learning resources, uniform, baking kit, and any applicable student fees

Minimum Requirements:

  • English 11 or Comm 11
  • Food Safe Level 1
  • physically able and willing to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment
  • successful results on district entrance exam
  • previous baking and/or cooking experience recommended
  • must participate in a 1 week practical interview at VCC prior to start of the program

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Carpentry

The SD38 ACE IT Carpentry Framing and Forming Foundation program, in partnership with BCIT, trains students in basic theory and offers hands on shop experience enabling students to become competent in basic carpentry tasks.

Students learn how to construct, install, finish & repair wooden framed residential and commercial buildings.  They are trained to frame floors, walls and roofs and how to build stairs.

Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive the first two of four levels towards their Red Seal certification.

Program Details

  • 23 weeks full-time;  February – July (second semester)
  • students attend BCIT full-time with students from other school districts and adults
  • receive 16 grade 12 credits (4 courses) and BCIT credits
  • receive credit for both Levels 1 & 2

Minimum Requirements:

  • English 11 or Comm 11
  • any Math 11
  • physically fit and able to be in class at the Burnaby campus by 7:30am
  • successful results on district entrance exam
  • able to work at heights and in adverse weather

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Masonry

Hands-on shop experience is the basis for Kwantlen's Masonry program. Students will learn to work with brick, concrete and glass block, terra cotta and stone. Masonry involves a lot of physical and outdoor work, using power and hand tools, and material moving equipment.  The field of masonry (bricklaying) could be as simple as building a wall or as complex as installing an ornate exterior on a high-rise structure. If you enjoy working with brick or stone, this is a career choice made for you.

Program Details

  • 20 weeks full-time; February – June (2nd semester)
  • students attend KPU Cloverdale campus for this program
  • receive 16 grade 12 credits (4 courses)

Minimum Requirements:

  • grade 11 completion recommended
  • any math 11 - minimum 70%
  • physically able
  • motivated and disciplined
  • successful results on BCIT math exam

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Metal Fabrication

The SD38 ACE IT Metal Fabrication program provides students an opportunity to explore and develop job ready skills in the trade.  Students will learn how to construct metal objects that range from furniture to ship parts and industrial boilers.

Students must be able to commute to the BCIT Burnaby campus every day to attend class at 7am.  It is recommended that students have a driver’s license to get themselves to school.  

Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive the first of four levels towards their Red Seal certification.

Program Details

  • 23 weeks full-time; February – June BCIT Burnaby Campus
  • 50% course evaluation is practical and 50% is theory
  • receive 20 credits (5 courses) each for grade 12 and BCIT
  • program includes field trips to work sites

Minimum Requirements:

  • grade 11 completion recommended
  • English 11 or Comm 11
  • any Math 11 minimum 70%
  • successful results on district entrance exam
  • physically able

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Millwright

The SD38 ACE IT Millwright Program provides a unique opportunity for students to get a head start in a career as an industrial Millwright.  This program is based at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

Millwrights dismantle, move, install, and repair heavy machinery & equipment.  They are required to know how to do the layout and set-up required to install the heavy equipment that industry relies on.  This is a challenging and technical field.

Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive the first of four levels towards their Red Seal certification.

Program Details

  • 24 weeks full-time: February - July
  • all classes are at KPU Cloverdale campus
  • students must be able to commute to KPU, having a drivers license is recommended
  • receive 20 grade 12 credits (5 courses)

Minimum Requirements:

  • strong academic skills
  • grade 11 completion
  • Physics 11 recommended
  • successful results on district entrance exam
  • good eye-hand coordination
  • abilty to learn by ‘reading and doing’
  • physically able

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Motorcycle Technician

The SD38 ACE IT Motorcycle Technician Program at BCIT Burnaby campus provides students the opportunity to learn about servicing internal combustion engines and about the maintenance and repair of electrical, fuel, drivetrain, brake and suspension systems.  

This program prepares students to work with motorcycles, ATV’s, outboard marine engines and other small engine applications.

Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive the first of four levels towards their Red Seal certification.

Program Details

  • 20 weeks full-time; February – June (second semester) - students attend BCIT Burnaby campus
  • students are able to service and work on their own motorcycle during the program
  • receive 16 grade 12 credits (four courses) & BCIT certificate

Minimum Requirements:

  • grade 11 completion recommended
  • any Math 11 (minimum 70%)
  • successful results on BCIT pretest for English, Math & mechanical reasoning
  • motivated & disciplined

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Commercial Painting

The SD38 ACE IT Commercial Painting program provides students with the theory and practical skills necessary to enter the painting and finishing trade.

Students gain an understanding of the painting industry.  They learn about common coatings, surface preparation, tools used in the trade and airless spray.  Students learn about industry safety, including: respirator training, fall protection, ladder and scaffold training and W.H.M.I.S. 

Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive the first of three levels towards their Red Seal certification.

Program Details

  • 6 weeks full-time; mid-June-end of July  (during the summer)
  • students attend the Finishing Trades Institute with students from other school districts and adults.  (5 minute walk from the Scott Road Skytrain in Surrey)
  • receive 4 grade 12 credits

Minimum Requirements:

  • open to students in grades 11 and 12 
  • physically fit and able to be in class at the North Surrey campus daily by 7:45am
  • successful results on district entrance exam

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

 

Welding

The SD38 ACE IT Welding program provides an opportunity to develop skills and exposure to the welding trade.

Students learn about metal-arc and gas welding processes.  They will learn how to cut metal with gas torches, plasma cutters and with machines.  This course includes a math and communications component.  Students must commute daily to Kwantlen Polytechnic University Cloverdale campus and are encouraged to have their own driver’s license.

Upon successful completion of this program, along with the required work experience, students will receive their Foundation welding certification (formerly ‘C ticket’).

Program Details

  • 28 weeks full-time; February - August
  • students attend KPU Cloverdale Campus full-time
  • receive 24 grade 12 credits (6 courses)

Minimum Requirements:

  • grade 11 completion is recommended
  • English 10
  • any Math 10
  • students must be physically able
  • ability to learn by ‘reading and doing’
  • good hand-eye coordination

Email: 

tlockhart@sd38.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Phone: 604-668-6060
  • Days of Work:  Mon - Fri

Are you already employed in an apprentice trade?
You are eligible for secondary school apprenticeship (SSA) if you are over 15 and under 19 years old and are employed with a certified trade person who is willing to sponsor you.
Get 16 high school credits while working and getting paid. – earn while you learn!
You could receive a $1000 scholarship if you maintain 67% in grade 12, complete the 16 SSA credits, and stay employed for 5 months after graduation.
Student may be enrolled in both ace-it (school based apprenticeship programs) and SSA.
Visit www.itabc.ca to view over 130 trades approved by the industry training authority (ITA) plus earn work-based training credit for 480 hours of work towards your trade certification.