Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Youth Train in Trades

Get a head start on your technical trades training while still in high school. This innovative partnership between TRU, BC school districts and independent schools bridges secondary and post-secondary education.

As early as Grade 10, students can apply to pursue an apprenticeship career path to obtain the first level of technical training in a particular trade in when they reach Grade 12. Each Youth Train In Trades program is tuition free ($2,000 to $3,500, depending on the program). The remaining fees are paid by students, including ancillary fees, textbooks, safety boots and gear, tools and learning supplies (binders, calculator, pens) which can range from $2,000 to $3,500 depending on the program.

Youth Train in Trades is not only a great deal, but also an opportunity to have job-ready skills and a career before graduating high school.

Choose from the following foundation trades programs:

  • Automotive service technician
  • Residential construction (carpenter levels 1 and 2)
  • Electrician
  • Heavy mechanical
  • Horticulture
  • Instrumentation and control technician
  • Industrial mechanic (millwright/machinist)
  • Piping trades: plumber, steamfitter, pipefitter and sprinkler fitter
  • Professional Cook 1
  • Meatcutter
  • Welder

How to apply

Students meet with their high school trade and technology coordinator/counsellor to discuss Youth Train in Trades (dual credit) program options.

Tours: Trade and Tech Thursdays

You are welcome to attend any night. All tours start at 7 p.m. from the lobby of the Trades and Technology building (outside TT158). They last about one hour.

2018 schedule: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, April 19, May 24, June 21, July 19, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20