Langley students can start trades training while in high school – Aldergrove Star

High School‘s plumbing program. (Special for Langley Advance Times)” loading=”lazy” srcset=” 1200w,×200.jpg 300w,×683.jpg 1024w,×512.jpg 768w,×427.jpg 640w” sizes=”(max-width: 320px) 70vw,(max-width: 639px) 85vw, (max-width: 1023px) 55vw, 640px”/>A student installs copper water pipes as part of Langley High School‘s plumbing program. (Special for Langley Advance Times)
Student assembles cast iron fittings with mechanical joints as part of Langley High School's piping program.  (Special for Langley Advance Times)Student assembles cast iron fittings with mechanical joints as part of Langley High School’s piping program. (Special for Langley Advance Times)

The Langley School District trains local students with the skills needed to tap into the province’s job market.

According to the British Columbia Labor Market Outlook, the employment sector is experiencing both rapid expansion and labor shortages.

As part of its annual Youth Train in Trades program, the district invites 11th and 12th graders to train in a field of their choice from high school and tuition-free.

George Kozlovic, district director of educational services, said they don’t accept all students who apply and a “rigorous” application and interview process is involved. He further added that the district aims to receive 150 applications this year and enroll 85 students for the next class.

“Our ultimate long-term goal is to receive more applications per program than we have places, and then to be able to ensure that all programs are operating at full capacity,” said Kozlovic, who oversees the education department. professional.

The district operates seven youth training programs at six Langley high schools, including one at the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Students can choose from seven trades programs, including carpentry, automotive technician, electrical, hairdressing, horticulture, plumbing, and professional cook training. Enrolled students will receive double credits – for high school and the first year of post-secondary education. The program will allow students to study the first year of post-secondary without paying tuition fees and spend approximately ten months learning and earning money through practical work.

Each year, the district has space to enroll about 100 students in total for all programs, but it never has enough numbers to use the full capacity.

The district has seen a 27% increase in applications for ongoing programs this year. Of the 127 applicants, the district enrolled 72 students, recording a 5% increase in enrollment from last year.

While applications for this year are closed as students apply a year in advance, the district is accepting applications for next year. The deadline is April 1 and there are no additional tuition fees to take the programs.

Students will have to pay for tools and manuals; however, Kozlovic said district scholarship programs are available for those in need. The Langley School District also works with ACCESS, a non-profit organization, to help Aboriginal students enroll in these programs.


Funded and supported by the Department of Education and the Industry Training Authority, Youth Train in Trades is a provincial initiative which saw Langley first participate in 2000 with a horticulture program. After the success of the first program, the district expanded to hold more business workshops with KPU where Langley students studied alongside adults and youth from various school districts.

“Our first stand-alone trades training program for young people was pipework and plumbing at Langley High School around 2005/06, then we added automotive, carpentry and hairdressing at Langley Community High School. ‘Aldergrove,” explained Kozlovic.

Electric and professional kitchen have been added to the options.

According to Kozlovic, each program provided exciting and engaging sessions, kept students in school, and provided opportunities for additional post-secondary education and future employment.

Underlining the importance of business skills in today’s world, Mr. Kozlovic said there is a huge shortage and urgent need for tradespeople in many industries.

“You only have to walk around Langley and look at all the construction everywhere to realize how crucial trades are to our economy,” he said. “Also, we all rely on tradespeople in our day-to-day lives, whether it’s when our electrical outlets fail, we have a leak in our home, we want to start a renovation, we have need a haircut or want to go out for a good meal at the restaurant. We are all somewhat dependent on tradespeople in our lives, and we must ensure that we have a continuous supply of labor to meet the demand that exists.

He encouraged families to consider a trades program as a viable alternative to a traditional college degree, while still being a challenge.

“What many students and parents don’t realize is that becoming an apprentice also takes four years, which is no different from a college degree,” he said. “The difference is that when a student studies to become an apprentice, they actually spend 10 months of their year in the field working (and earning money) and only two months of the year in the classroom.”

Kozlovic shared that the district has hired qualified instructors who have earned Red Seal trades certificates in their respective fields. According to the Government of Canada, Red Seal trades are designated trades governed by regulations under provincial and territorial apprenticeship legislation.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Youth Trades Training Program are due April 1 and interviews will take place before the end of the school year.


According to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s 2021 report, automotive service technicians, boilermakers, masons and carpenters are in high demand in British Columbia. There are more than 300 designated trades in Canada, 55 of which offer a Red Seal trade designation, according to Employment and Social Development Canada.

The government has also released data on how many jobs each trade is expected to create from 2021 to 2025, putting carpentry in the lead with 17,146 jobs. The government expects various industries across the country to hire 16,362 cooks, 14,299 hairdressers, 10,735 auto service technicians and 10,032 welders in the coming years.

To learn more about additional resources available to those interested in trade-related work, people can visit the Government of Canada website. To apply for the Youth Train in Trades program, Langley students can contact their school’s career counselors or fill out a contact form on the Langley School District website. Alternatively, people can call the district at 778-736-0710 or email [email protected]


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