Skilled Trades courses begin with the prerequisite Skilled Trades 10. In the Skilled Trades Centre, a safe, appropriate learning environment, this course gives the students a general over-view of the 65 designated trades, what is required to work as a tradesperson, what the working conditions are, and the use of basic hand tools. It is through the use of hand tools that students build motive and hand-eye co-ordination, and balance.
Construction Trades 11 and Transportation Trades 11 are sector-specifc. This means that the students narrow their focus on six to eight trades in a sector.
Students further prepare themselves for either direct entry into the workforce or additional post secondary studies by performing the work of one trade in Skilled Trades 12 Co-op. Working directly with a certified journeyperson in the trade helps the student to distill his or her learning and apply those skills on the job!
The fact that there are potentially such strong ties between Skilled Trades Education and the skilled trades workplace makes these very demanding courses. Students must be capable of obeying safety regulations, following instructions, and confronting the challenges of working with real tools and real materials to complete real tasks on schedule. To a much greater degree than in traditional courses, students in Skilled Trades courses need to roll up their sleeves and take responsibility for their own learning.