The Trades Discovery Program allows you to earn high school credits while experiencing four different trades (such as carpentry, metal fabrication, professional cook, millwright, etc.).
How it works
The Trades Discovery Program is a 300-hour program run through CNC in partnership with ITA and the School District. The program is open to high school students who have successfully completed grade 9.
Trades discovery classes at the Prince George campus are held in the afternoon (12:30 - 3:30pm) so that you can complete required courses during the morning blocks at your high school. Classes at the Burns Lake campus are held from 9:00am - 3:00pm.
The program will follow the program guide set out by British Columbia's Industry Training Authority (ITA) Youth Explore model, combining a sampling of theory and practical elements of each trade.
What you will learn
This hands-on program will take place mostly in a shop environment allowing you to gain practical trades experience. You will work on a variety of projects under the guidance of Red Seal instructors, in CNC's state of the art trades training facilities.
Additionally, you will spend time in the classroom learning how to:
- Attain an apprenticeship in British Columbia
- Develop career planning and entrepreneurship tools
- Develop trades based essential skills
- Complete occupational health and safety certificates
Outcomes and opportunities
Upon completion of the Trades Discovery Program you will have gained new friends and new skills including collaborative teamwork, communication, and workplace safety. You also will have gained high school credits, entry-level technical experience in four trades, and several industry certifications.
Trades Discovery Courses
The Trades Discovery program is designed to allow students to explore a minimum of four different trades, allowing students to try a trade before committing to a full program. Students will be introduced to career planning/entrepreneurial tools, essential skills training occupational health and safety courses, and practical project based learning within the four trades. This program will promote working in a safe, respectful and productive environment and prepare students for applying to a foundation program, or seeking an apprenticeship.
Trades Discovery Program: Program Outline
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
Successful completion of Math and English at a grade 9 level or higher.
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Invest in your future
Please check the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information.
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
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Salaries and employment
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