The objective of the Trades Discovery Program (TDP) offered at VIU is to provide hands-on experience in a variety of in-demand careers. VIU will work in partnership with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools who will, at the end of the 12 week training program, work with their students to help them find Work Experience or Secondary School Apprenticeships opportunities. If a student decides to apply to a Foundation program such as AceIt, they will be register as an apprentice with NLPS and start working towards their ITA certification in a Red Seal Trade.
Program elements may include:
- Employability Skills for Trades
- Organizing Work for Trades Projects
- Use of Tools and Equipment for Trades Fields
- Introduction to Welding
- Introduction to Carpentry
- Introduction to Electrical Theory and Safety
- Introduction to General Mechanics
- Fall Protection
- Standard First Aid
- Confined Space Entry
- What’s WHMIS
- Construction and Forestry Machine Simulation Training
The program will take place at VIU and will start February 1st and run until April 21st Monday to Thursday. Fridays student will either take part in a Work Experience or Secondary School Apprenticeship opportunity or will act as a Mentor to our Elementary Skills Exploration Program. Friday is not a day off. Classes will start at 8:00 AM and dismiss at 2:45 PM.
Students will receive 12 PSI (Post Secondary Institution) credits that will go toward their grade 12 elective requirements. If students enroll in WEX or SSA the will receive additional credits.
There is no cost to the program but students will be required to purchase some personal safety clothing such as Work Safe approved footwear.