The objective of the Youth EXPLORE Trades Sampler offered at VIU is to provide hands-on experience in a variety of in-demand careers. Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, the CTC, works in partnership with VIU to deliver a 10-week exploration program. After completion of this program, a student can decide to apply to a Foundation program through our Youth Train in Trades, or an apprenticeship through our Youth Work In Trades Program. We will be running three sections in 2021/22 and each section will have a focus with elements unique to the students in that group.
Program elements and certificates may include:
- Employability Skills for Trades
- Organizing Work for Trades Projects
- Use of Tools and Equipment for Trades Fields
- Introduction to Welding
- Worksite Saftey
- Job Site Visits
- Guest Speakers
- 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 be delivered in three sections:
Mixed Cohort: November 15th to January 28th.
Female Only: January 31st to April 22.
Indigenous Focus: April 25th to June 29th.
Classes will run between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM. (start and end times each day could vary)
Students will receive 12 PSI (Post Secondary Institution) credits that will go toward their grade 12 elective requirements.
There is no cost to the program but students will be required to purchase some PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as Work Safe approved footwear. PPE is available at no cost for students in need.