ITA Award 2020

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When Employers Support Youth in Trades, We All Win

For the second time in three years, SD73 has won a Regional Youth Work in Trades Performance Award from the Industry Training Authority. Awards like this do not happen in isolation – especially during a pandemic. There are employers and businesses across Kamloops who helped us earn this recognition.  We thank you for all you do to make sure youth are benefitting from trades education. When employers support youth in trades, we all win. 







* 1015789 BC Ltd. * 248276AB Ltd * 280-WELD * A&T Project Developments * Access Roof Systems * Act 1 Services * Advanced Electrical Systems * Aluminum Curtainwall Systems Inc.  * Amsterdam Restaurant * Anchor Roofing * Arborscapes Tree Service * Arcana Building Co. * Argo Road Maintenance * Aspen Service Center * AWS Ventures Inc * B&L Small Motors * B&M Transmission * BarLaf Developments * Barsi Enterprises Ltd. * BC Tree Fruits Cooperative * Ben Lovely * BHE Construction * Bhumika Salon & Spa * Bighorn Bar & Grill * BJC HVAC LTD * Blowfish Hair Studio * Borrow Enterprises Ltd. * Braddik Roofing * Browns Social House * Buck Woodcraft Service * Buffel Enterprises Ltd * Buy Low Foods (Clearwater) * Carlo Bordin * Contracting LTD * Casa Azul * Central Interior Rebuilders * Central Valley Mechanical * Changes Hair Studio * Chartwell Ridgepoint * Chimera Construction Ltd. * Chrigels Timber Chalet * Clarke Roofing Services * Cool Connection Mechanical Ltd * Cora Breakfast and Lunch * Culture Care Landscaping LTD * Daizen Joinery Ltd * Dalkes Custom Joinery Inc * De Works Painting Ltd * Dearborn Ford * Delicious House * Deverell Contracting Ltd * Dion Gairdner Contracting Ltd * Discount Direct Metals * Diversified Mill Construction * Douglas Lake Equipment * E. Loewen Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. * Earls Restaurant * Electric Maniac * Farmgate Meats * Fennell Ranches Ltd. * Fidanza Enterprizes * First Choice Haircutters (North Shore) * FOH Match * Function Junction Millworks * Funktional Electric and Utility Services Ltd. * Griffin Electric * Hadwins HVAC * Harper Mountain Lifts * Hello Toast * Highland Valley Foods * Insight Tire and Auto (Barriere) * IRL International Truck Center * J. Munden Transport Ltd * Jack Juusola Sales LTD * John Reid * Josh Yaseniuk Drywall Services * K & G Contracting * Kam City Mechanical * Kamloops Tile Works * Kelson Group Property Management * Kics Construction * KLL Construction * Korean BBQ Gui * La Dolce Vita * Lebeau Forestry * Lee Ranch * Lemongrass Restaurant * Living Kitchens * Locos Welding * Lofto Industrial Services Ltd. * M Allen Logging Co Ltd * M.B. Hairstyling * Mattey Bros. 1980 Ltd. * Mount Paul Golf Course * Moxies Bar and Grill * Mr. Rooter * Mr. Service * MTM Mechanical Ltd * Munden Ventures Ltd. * N & H Contracting Ltd. * Neskonlith Band * New Era Contracting * Nobec Energy Solutions * North Pacific Repair (2016) Ltd * North River Plumbing & Heating * Nu-Vue Exteriors Ltd. * NW Trailers ETC Inc. * OK Tire & Auto * On The Level Enterprises * Orchard Walk Developments Inc. * Ord Road Automotive Repair * Pacific Coast Homes * Peters Pasta * Pine Valley Tree Service & Landscaping * Port McNeill Enterprises LTD. * Prairie Catering * QIC Builders Ltd. * Quaaout Lodge & Spa * R & S Autobody * R. James Management Ltd. * Ra Hair Studio * Rainer Custom Cutting * Ramsey Lift Safety and Equipment Service * Red Robin * Rivershore Ram Chrysler * ROJ Truck & Trailer Repairs * Romeos Kitchen & Spirits * Rooham Electric * Save On Foods (Tranquille) * Sco-Jo Contracting * Service Master * Service Plus * Skeetchestn Indian Band * Sorrento Plumbing & Water Well Service * Southgate Electric Ltd. * Spooner Electric * Stewart Mechanical & Fabricating * Stobbe Excavating * Stump Lake Ranch Cattle Co * Summit Electric Ltd. * Summit Helicopters * Sun Peaks Grand Hotel * Super Value - Scotch Creek * Swiss Chalet * Talking Rock Golf Resort * TDEX * Terra Timber * The Cove Bar & Grill * The Dunes Golf Course * The House of Carmond Hair Design * Thompson Regional Contracting * Thompson Valley Painting Contractors * Tim Pache Construction * TNT Transmission * Tobiano Golf Course * Top 40 Woodworks * Tri Rom Industries * Upcott Enterprises (2010) Ltd. * Uptown Chefs * Valley Truck and Trailer * Valleyview Automotive Ltd. * Vanderstad Construction Inc * Wajax Equipment * WD Wedgewood Developments Inc. * Wesbuilt Construction * Western Canada Timber Products Ltd. * Western Roofing Master Roofers Ltd. * Westsyde Service * White Spot - Kamloops * Woodtech Construction Ltd * Wrabel Brothers Construction * Zicor Contracting * Zimmer Wheaton Buick GMC * Zinger Contracting LTD *

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June 25, 2020

Student participation in skilled trades training earns KamloopsThompson SD73 award from Industry Training Authority

“I became aware of how many incredible opportunities there are for women.”

Kamloops – Kamloops-Thompson School District No. 73 has received the Industry Training Authority (ITA) Youth Work in Trades Performance Award for the highest number of students in trades training in their region.

“Congratulations to Kamloops-Thompson School District for partnering with the ITA in order to deliver the highest standard of trades training to students in the region,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Our government is helping support B.C. youth in every corner of the province to explore dynamic career opportunities in the trades while also acquiring their high school credentials. I am so proud of all the young people who are pushing the envelope and finding their passion in the trades. As Minister, I sincerely believe that a Red Seal certification is just as valuable as a degree.”

ITA’s Chief Executive Officer Shelley Gray thanked all partners for helping students on a path to success. “The Kamloops-Thompson School District, teachers, and employers in the program are providing students with crucial hands-on experience that is required for their apprenticeship training.” “Initially when I enrolled in the trades construction sampler program, I was looking to simply expand my knowledge for trades as I knew how much of an essential life skill it is,” said Portia Comrie, a Grade 11 student in the school district.

“Being a young woman, I figured it would be difficult. However, after those four months, I became aware of how accepting the world of trades is and how many incredible opportunities there are for women. I was so inspired by my electrical instructor that I have since decided to explore electrical as a career option and have recently been accepted into the Youth Train in Trades program at Thompson Rivers University for my grade 12 year.”

The award includes $5,000 in additional funding to assist the district to further develop their Youth Work in Trades program. Seven other school districts received a Youth Work in Trades Performance Award.

“We are pleased to again be recognized for our efforts in connecting our students with their futures through the Youth Work in Trades program,” said Kathleen Karpuk, Chair of the Board of Education for Kamloops-Thompson. “Our students have tremendous opportunities because of the support and encouragement of the ITA and the many Kamloops businesses that continue to offer places for our students to gain insight into skilled trade careers in a range of industries.”

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with apprentices, employers, industry, labour, training providers and government to fund training, issue credentials, support apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades. For more information, visit

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