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Youth Train in Trades


The Youth Train in Trades (YTT) program is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) youth initiative that provides financial support to school districts/Board Authorities to provide industry training opportunities to youth in partnership with post-secondary training providers.

YTT program is a dual-credit program that enables eligible students to earn high school graduation credits and the opportunity to receive credit for the first level of technical training in an Industry Training Authority (ITA) program.

A YTT student can participate in work experience placements where they earn work-based training (WBT) hours. WBT is an important component of YTT as it provides valuable industry experience and assists student transition from school into the workplace


A participant in the YTT program is eligible for registration if they are enrolled in a BC Ministry of Education graduation program, aged 19 and under and registered with the ITA as a youth apprentice in an YTT prior to graduation. Once accepted, students spend one or more semesters at Northwest Community College (NWCC) receiving training in the Trades Program they have applied for. Please see individual Trades Program page for details of each program.

See NWCC Trades Foundation Programs Web pages for program descriptions.

What is a YTT program?

YTT is the technical training component of an industry training program (usually an apprenticeship) for high school students. Successful completion of a YTT program will give credit for at least level one technical training (in-class) component of your Industry training Program and because it is a ‘dual credit’ program students also receive secondary school graduation credits. To learn more about YTT visit the ITA Youth Train website.

What is the Youth Work in Trades (YWT) program?

YWT is the work-based training (WBT) component of an industry training program (usually an apprenticeship) for high school students. Upon completion of YWT, students will have completed 480 WBT hours towards their credential and earned 16 secondary school graduation credits. To learn more about YWT see the page in the youth section of the ITA Youth Work website or the ITA Educator Resources.

Can students be enrolled in SSA and YYT at the same time?

Yes, in fact it is encouraged! Apprenticeship continuation rates 18 months after graduation are much higher (over 70%) for students that taken technical training through ACE IT and have started their work based training with a sponsor employer as a Secondary 

Program Outline 

Please see the individual trades programs for program outlines.

Career Opportunities 

Please see the individual trades programs to learn about the various career opportunities in trades. 

Admission Requirements 

As the YOUTH TRAIN program is a partnership with local School Districts, students must not only meet the Trade Program Admission Requirements (see the individual trades programs) they must also meet the requirements of each School District before entering the program.  Please contact your school counselor for details and an application form.

YYT students will also be asked to sign a Release of Student Information Authorization form. If you have any questions regarding this form please speak with your Admissions Officer or Trades Coordinator. 

** Please note each School District also has an application package for students to fill out which include should include an NWCC YYT application. (Please contact your school counselor for details).

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 

Please see the individual trades foundation program pages for date offerings. 

Program Fees 

Tuition fees are paid by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) through your local school district. To apply for YYT, contact your high school counsellor.

For more information about ACE IT, check the ITA website or contact the Lead Hand Trades at NWCC:

Kevin Jeffery, Lead Hand, Trades

Phone: 1.877.277.2288 ext 5239

Cell: 250.631.7109