North Vancouver School District
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Career Programs

Students succeed when they are provided a rich diversity of engaging programs that inspire them to reach their full potential. Giving students the opportunity to learn about a multitude of career choices is paramount to ensuring every student is enabled to learn, grow and succeed.

The North Vancouver School District offers a variety of programs. These range from our programs that are school based, like Work Experience, which allow students to gain credit through their home school, to the YELL program.

We also offer programs that are aimed at giving students hands-on career experience and training in trades in partnership with the Industry Trade Authority (ITA) and post-secondary institutions. The North Vancouver School District offers endless opportunities for mobile, flexible and well-paying careers that suit students' unique interests.

Skills Exploration (at Carson Graham Secondary and Argyle Secondary)

Skills Exploration is a BC Ministry of Education Ministry authorized course designed to meet the growing need for skilled Tradesworkers in BC. The course is intended to allow students to explore trades and gain skills and knowledge in a number of areas: Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry and Welding. This course helps students increase their understanding of the options they have across several careers, while learning selected apprenticeship Level 1 technical training skills in a variety of trades.

Goals include:

  • Introduce students to trades and technology careers
  • Enhance interest in trades and technology careers
  • Enhance student’s existing job-readiness skills

Youth Explore Trades Sampler 

Youth Explore Trades Sampler is an educational program for students who are planning a career in the trades and are looking to take their first step. This 12 week (300+ hour) program gives students in grades 10-12 a more in-depth look into the trades through a high school and post-secondary partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Through this in-depth, hands on experiential program, students will gain 12 high school credits, 3 BCIT credits and the opportunity to develop some practical skills in up to five different trades in a post-secondary setting.

The Youth Explore Trades Sampler can also provide an opportunity for students to earn certifications that trade employers are looking for. The experience and knowledge a student gains from this program will help them identify a trade that suits their skill set and passion, which will increase their success when entering a Youth Work in Trades and/or Youth Train in Trades programs. Please see your school’s Career Program Advisor for further information about this program.

Youth Train in Trades

Youth Train in Trades is an educational program for students in grades 11-12 who are looking to get a head start on their apprenticeship. Through this Dual Credit program, students will be able to gain up to 16 high school credits and level 1 technical training toward their apprenticeship. This program is offered through a partnership with a post-secondary institution or at an ITA certified training facility which ensures students are instructed by a certified trades instructor. It may be taken simultaneously with the Youth Work in Trades program. The North Vancouver School District offers VCC Culinary Arts at Carson Graham Secondary and is open to students in the North Vancouver School District as well as the West Vancouver School District.

Youth Work in Trades

Youth Work in Trades is a work-based training program for students in grades 11-12 who are looking to get on-the-job-training in their trade. Through this “earn while you learn” program, students will be able to submit the hours worked with their registered sponsor to gain up to 16 high school credits and to record at least 480 hours towards the work-based training requirement of their apprenticeship. Students who complete this program and meet the additional criteria may be eligible for a $1000 Award. Information regarding the Award can be found at the BC Ministry of Education website. This program may be taken simultaneously with the Youth Train in Trades program. Please see your school’s Career Program Advisor for further information about this program.

Please see below for more information on all of NVSD's programs.

Programs:

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Carpentry​C​ulinary Arts​Youth Work in Trades (formerly Secondary School Apprentice)
Young Entrepreneurship and Leadership Launchpad​ (YELL)​​ 
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RCMP Youth Academy