Get a

Head start

It’s never too early to start your skilled trades journey.
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In the skilled trades, you have the freedom to choose a career path that works for you. Learn from the best, grow within a company, or branch out and start your own business.



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of all new high school Youth programs enrollments are women



of trades foundation program students choose to continue into the apprenticeship.



youth participate in skilled trades every year

Youth in Trades


SkilledTradesBC Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate. 

Youth Discover

the Trades 

Spark an interest in the skilled trades! This program introduces what a trade is and gets you involved in hands-on activities.

Youth Explore

the Trades 

Try out  different trades! The Youth Explore programs give you the chance to build skills and get hands-on experience.

Youth Train

in Trades 

Get a head-start in trades training! This youth program is perfect for those looking to build their skills and experience in a specific trade while attending high school.

Youth Work

in Trades

Get on-the-job training! The Youth Work in Trades program helps you develop trade skills and get paid while attending high school.

Hear From Youth Participants

Hear From Youth Participants



Students look to their educators for guidance and trusted mentorship. Find program resources, maker activity ideas, frequently asked questions, and more in this section.

Connect with

a School 

Find a school district near you that offers Youth Trades Programs and connect with your local school representatives who work with SkilledTradesBC programs.

Success Stories

How the Trades Saved a Young Man's Life

Finding his passion for the skilled trades helped Jordan Ryan leave his troubled past behind him and improved his mental health.

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Teachers at Peter Greer Elementary Create Trades-Related Projects that Students can Build at Home

“Within half an hour, six kits had already been picked up,” says Clint. “They were all gone by the end of the day.”

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