Apprenticeship and Trades

The Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Industry Training Authority (ITA), offers apprenticeship training programs for high school students. Students who enrol in apprenticeship programs also earn credit towards graduation.

Designated Non Instructional Day for the 2013-14 School Year

The Minister of Education, Honourable Peter Fassbender announced that for the 2013/14 school year, one non-instructional day for Boards of Education will be focused on skills, trades and apprenticeships instruction and programs. Districts may choose when, where and how to meet this requirement for grades Kindergarten to 12.

The ministry has developed a resource package that contains ideas and industry contacts for Kindergarten to Grade 7 (PDF) and Grades 8 to 12 (PDF) to get school districts started.

Industry leaders and their organizations have expressed great enthusiasm for this initiative and look forward to supporting school districts by:

  • Connecting with school districts to offer assistance
  • Sharing ideas
  • Participating in workshop activities and providing presentations

We look forward to learning about your planned activities and when these are scheduled to occur. Please forward this information to Teresa McClintick at or 250-216-9124

Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA)

The Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is a work-based training program, which is skill development through practical, hands-on experiences.  Students enrolled in SSA courses concurrently work and attend high school.  SSA students formally register with the ITA as Youth Apprentices.  Successfully completing the program earns students 16 credits towards graduation, and may qualify them to apply for a $1000 scholarship. 

The SSA Scholarship, a $1000 cash award, is available to SSA students for sustained and exceptional work as an apprentice. The funds are intended to assist apprentices with the purchase of tools, equipment, materials, or post-secondary tuition.

Scholarship Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for the SSA scholarship, an Industry Training Authority (ITA)-registered youth apprentice must have:

  • been registered in a school district Secondary School Apprenticeship Program prior to graduation
  • graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood
  • successfully completed SSA 11A, SSA 11B, SSA 12A, and SSA 12B
  • maintained a C+ average or better on Grade 12 numbered courses
  • reported a total of at least 900 hours to the ITA within six months of graduation

SSA Scholarships are awarded to those SSA students who meet the eligibility criteria - there is no need to apply. All students who meet the criteria for the Scholarship are automatically considered for the award.

    Q & A’s - Seconday School Apprenticeship (SSA)

Collection of Personal Information

For the purpose of processing Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) scholarships, students’ personal information will be collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Section 26 (c). Students’ personal information is used to process payment of the SSA scholarship.

Questions regarding the collection of personal information can be directed to the Ministry of Education contact listed below:

Anne Bowers, Manager, Marking, Awards and GED
Ministry of Education
3rd Floor, 620 Superior Street
PO Box 9886 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC  V8W 9T6


ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training)

The Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) program is the in-class component of a high school apprenticeship.  ACE IT programs are usually offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions.  Students who successfully complete the ACE IT program earn credit towards both high school graduation and a post-secondary credential.   ACE IT students are formally registered with the ITA as Youth Apprentices.  More information regarding ACE IT can be found at the Industry Training Authority website.

    Q & A’s - ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enfolment in Industry Training)