Explore skilled trades careers, learn professional working techniques, receive full academic credit and Apprenticeship hours!

Do you enjoy

  • understanding how things work?
  • working with new technologies?
  • seeing concrete results from your work each day?
  • being physically active?
  • working with your head and your hands?
  • putting things together?

If you do, then you should think about applying to take Skilled Trades 10.

Skilled Trades 10 provides full academic credit for taking part in activities you enjoy. If you register for apprenticeship, you will be eligible for all the hours you were in Skilled Trades with a journeyperson teacher.  Skilled Trades 10 may just be the first step on a great journey through the trades!

Students who successfully complete Skilled Trades courses under the direction of a certified journeyperson teacher can earn up to 500 hours upon registration as an apprentice or youth apprentice.

Open the door to a rewarding career path

Skilled Trades courses have academic credit.  They also fulfill the Math, Science, Technology graduation requirement.

The great thing about Skilled Trades courses is that they keep one door open to pursue a four-year university degree while opening a second door to a three- to five-year apprenticeship training program.  Skilled Trades courses double your chances of finding a rewarding career.

What you will learn in Skilled Trades Courses

In Skilled Trades courses, you learn about the tremendous impact the skilled trades have on society, find out what life in the skilled trades is really like, and experience how rewarding it is to work with both your mind and your hands. You also get the opportunity to meet tradespeople in your community, who serve as guest speakers.

There are three levels of Skilled Trades courses:

  • Skilled Trades 10 is a general course which focuses on the trades in a broad view.  Skilled Trades 10 is a pre-requisite for all other Skilled Trades courses
  • Transportation Trades 11 and Construction Trades 11 are sector courses.  These courses narrow in on a cluster of trades in each sector.
    • Construction Trades 11 focuses on the Carpenter, Construction Electrician, Floor Covering Installer, Lather, Painter and Decorator, and Plumber trades.
    • Transportation Trades 11 focuses on the Automotive Painter, Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Motorcycle Mechanic, Motor Vehicle Body Repairer, Partsperson, and Truck and Transport Mechanic trades.
  • Skilled Trades 12 Co-op is concentrates on one trade in particular.  In Skilled Trades 12 Co-op, students will extend their previous learning in on-the-job work placements with certified journeypersons. Skilled Trades 12 Co-op is the place where learning is synthesized. Either Construction Trades 11 or Transportation Trades 11 is prerequisite.


How you will learn in Skilled Trades 10

Classes in Skilled Trades 10 introduce you to the on-the-job realities faced by apprentices when they begin training.

You use professional-grade hand tools, and, like an apprentice, spend much of your time working on practical activities and real construction projects.  This experience quickly gives you a strong sense of the physical demands of skilled trades work.. During the course, you and a partner build a section of a wall, complete with plumbing and electrical wiring.

As you complete course projects, you learn how to perform the following tasks:
•    work as part of a team
•    read blue prints
•    make precise measurements and calculations
•    estimate materials requirements
•    handle materials
•    communicate effectively

In a typical class, you explore career opportunities and also work toward mastering the professional techniques needed to build, wire, and install plumbing for your wall.  These activities develop the confidence and knowledge you need to tackle an even larger project in Construction Trades 11—constructing an entire unit of a four-unit building.

Where you will learn in Skilled Trades 10

Because Skilled Trades 10 so directly models the realities of skilled trades life, it is delivered in a new learning environment called the Skilled Trades Centre. The Skilled Trades Centre converts the space normally occupied by traditional classrooms into a construction site, automotive service bay, manufacturing facility, and classroom.

Set yourself up for great summer jobs

The hands-on lessons and projects you will complete in Skilled Trades 10 develop a broad base of skills. You can apply these at home and also turn them into great summer job opportunities.

Once you have completed Skilled Trades 10, you can continue to build on these valuable skills by enrolling in future courses, such as Construction Trades 11 (for which Skilled Trades 10 is a pre-requisite). Eventually, you might follow the path all the way to a paid apprenticeship.

Spots are limited, so act now!

If you are interested in taking Skilled Trades 10, ask a teacher or your school’s guidance counselor what you need to do to apply, and then get your application in right away.
For safety reasons, Skilled Trades courses are limited to sixteen students per course. You don’t want to miss out on this excellent opportunity.