Trade Certification - Youth Train in Trades Program

Foundation programs provide the knowledge and skills needed for entry into an industry occupation, and the technical training component of an apprenticeship program. This is an innovative partnership between Thompson Rivers University and School District No. 73, bridging secondary and post-secondary education and training while enhancing transition to the workforce. These programs allow grade 10 or 11 students to apply for a Youth Train In Trades Program at TRU in their grade 12 year. For each program the school district pays the tuition and students pay the ancillary fees - a considerable cost savings compared to an adult entering a foundation program!

 Construction Trades
  • Carpentry Level 1 & 2
  • Electrical Foundation
  • Piping Foundation (Steamfitting / Pipefitting, Sprinkler, Plumbing)
 Mechanical Trades
  • Automotive Service Technician Foundation
  • Heavy Mechanical Foundation
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Welding Foundation Level 1 & 2
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) / Machinist - Level 1 - offered at NorKam
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician
 Culinary Arts & Horticultural Trades
  • Professional Cook Level 1
  • Meatcutter Foundation
  • Horticulture Foundation

Who Attends: Students in their grade 12 year

Date: Start dates vary by program - see the application for details

Location: Thompson Rivers University or NorKam Trades Centre (Millwright program)

Recommendation: To be successful in a trades program, it is recommended that students attain a minimum of 70% in Math 11

Fee: All ancillary fees are the responsibility of the student. Ancillary fees range from $1,500 - $2,900 (depending on the length of the program and tools required). Please see application for estimated costs. Tuition for grade 12 year is paid by SD73 to TRU.

Application Fee: $32.27 to be included with submission of completed application (Cheques payable to "SD73")

Application Due Date: February 1, 2024

Application: Youth Train In Trades Application (Please print ONE-SIDED and write legibly in blue or black ink)

Students enrolled at Barriere Secondary School, Chase Secondary School, Clearwater Secondary School, or Logan Lake Elementary Secondary School may apply for the Rural Student Billet Homestay program. For more information and to express an interest, please visit here.
Expression of Interest forms are to be submitted to your school TNT Coordinator along with your program application form.

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