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Trades Sampler

Trades Sampler Initial Interest form.pdf

What is the Trades Sampler Program?

While this program is not for dual credit, the program exposes interested students to various construction and mechanical trades as they explore hands on units in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, automotive and metal trades.  Work Experience is also a key component of the Trades Sampler Program and gives students an opportunity to develop employability skills which may lead to a paid job and/or an apprenticeship. 

The program will run with a cohort of 16 students, full time Monday-Friday from February-June  each school year (Term 3&4 or Sem 2).


Who can sign up for the Trades Sampler Program?
The Trades Sampler Program is available to Grade 10-12 students who:

  • Have a high degree of commitment and maturity.
  • Have a good school attendance record.
  • Are self-motivated along with the willingness and ability to plan and work independently.
  • Have the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Are curious / interested about pursuing a pathway in the trades.

What credits can a student earn in the program?
Students will earn a total of 20 high school credits, including wood work, welding, careers courses and work experience. Work Experience (100 hours) will be at the end of the program and allow students to work in a local industry sector in a trade area of their choosing.  

What comes after the Trades Sampler Program?

If a student wishes to pursue a trade's pathway at the conclusion of the program and they are a non-grad, then they can sign up for Youth Train in Trades. This is a full time yearlong program in a trade's area of their choosing:

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Culinary
  • Hairdressing (Career Prep Program)

If a student chooses to work in the construction sector at the conclusion of the Trades Sampler Program, and they are a non-grad, then Brooks can support that individual with Youth Work in Trades courses (YWRK 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b). Essentially the student works, gets paid, and earns high school credit. If a student works up to 900 hours in that area/sector then they are eligible for a $1000 scholarship.

What is my next step?

Please fill out a Trades Sample Initial Interest Form and email or deliver to Ms. Larkin, Vice Principal at Brooks Secondary School: