The Cowichan Valley School District will receive $20,000 to help fund Youth Work in Trades, a dual-credit program that provides an opportunity for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 to begin their apprenticeship journey.
The funding helps districts cover staffing costs to support and guide youth in securing jobs and the employer sponsorship required to enter the system. It will also help students transition from technical training to work-based training.
Students will earn a paycheque while gaining credit toward their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training.
Allocation of Youth Work in Trades funding reflects regional and school districts’ needs, according to the province.