Career and Skills Programs
Career programs offer the opportunity to get first-hand work
experience in a career setting. This career exploration process can help
students with the transition to the workplace by giving them the confidence
they need to focus their efforts on getting the specific training and skills
required for their career choice.
A school counsellor can help students learn more about the
options available at Fernie Secondary School. A school counsellor can also help students to determine which
career program fits best with their future plans.
School Counsellor contact details:
Phone: 250 423 4471 – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
This training opportunity offers students experience in the
career field of their choice.
student: Students gain credit toward graduation and feel more prepared
for employment or further post-secondary training.
responsibilities: The employer is responsible for working with the
student to devise a learning plan.
In addition, the employer collaborates with the student and the work
experience teacher to evaluate the student’s progress.
must complete 100 hours of work experience with their chosen employer. These hours can either be timetabled
into the student’s regular schedule, or completed outside of the timetable e.g.
pay: In most circumstances, the work experience placement is
Credits: Students can
complete a maximum of two 4-credit work experience courses (Work Experience 12A
and 12B). 100 hours of work
experience will earn you 4 credits.
Youth Working in Trades
The Youth Working in Trades (formerly Secondary School Appenticeship) provides skill
development through practical, hands-on work experience. Students enrolled in these courses go
to work and attend high school at the same time. That means they have found an
employer who is willing to take them on (and pay them) as an apprentice – at
least until their high school graduation.
Students who are 15 years or older can enroll in this program –
they must also formally register with the Industry Training Authority as Youth
Benefits to student: Earn while you learn! Earn credits towards graduation, as well as up to 480 work-based training hours
that count towards your trade credential.
Students are also able to meet employers within their chosen
field, potentially increasing their employability.
Employer’s responsibilities: Employers must provide
the secondary school apprentice with work-based training opportunities to learn
the skills of the trade. All apprentices must work under the supervision of a
tradesperson with sign-off authority.
Employers must monitor, track and report the apprentice’s work-based
training hours to the ITA.
Hours: For every
120 hours of work that the student completes, he/she will earn 4 credits
towards graduation. The hours can
either be timetabled into the student’s regular schedule, or completed outside
of the timetable e.g. through the summer break.
Pay: Employers must pay students at least minimum wage.
can complete 2 x 4-credit courses at the grade 11 level (SSA 11A, SSA 11B) and
2 x 4-credit courses at the grade 12 level (SSA 12A, SSA 12B). Therefore, successful completion of the
program earns students 16 credits towards graduation.
Bonus: Some students
may qualify for the SSA Scholarship – a $1000 award given to students for
sustained and exceptional work as an apprentice. See the School Counsellor for more information!
Youth Train in Trades
The Youth Train in Trades (formerly Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT)) program is the
in-class component of a high school apprenticeship. Youth Train in Trades students are Youth
Apprentices registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
Fernie Secondary partners with the College of the Rockies to
offer our students a wide range of programs, including:
· Auto Service Technician
· Culinary Arts (Cook)
· Heavy Duty Mechanic
· Metal Fabricator
· Millwright (Ind. Mechanic)
students: Students who successfully
complete the ACE IT program earn credit toward high school graduation, as well
as well as at
least one level of technical training for their industry-training program.
in the ACE IT program is free; however, students may be required to cover the
cost for textbooks, tools, or other items specific to working in their chosen
majority of programs take place at the College of the Rockies campus in
program: Programs range in length from 21 weeks to 44 weeks. See the School Counsellor for more
information on the program you are interested in.
Credits: May vary
depending on the program. In the
majority of cases, students earn 24 credits at the grade 12 level.