Youth Train in Trades (ACE-IT)

The Youth Train in Trades (ACE-IT) programs provide students with the opportunity to earn graduation credits and training in their chosen industry. Students participate in post secondary / Apprenticeship Level 1 Technical Training. Students are registered as a trainee with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Students participate in a combination of coursework and work experience leading to graduation and recognized industry certification. Students also acquire the job-ready skills necessary to entering the industry or pursuing further training in their industry.

For more information contact Ms. Tracey Wispinski in Room 313.


Auto Collision Repair Technician– VCC / Mon. -Thurs. / all day / Oct-June (8 months)
  • Work in an autobody shop or a car dealership
  • Autobody repair, repair/adjust and replace sheet metal, and allied parts of vehicles
Auto Refinishing Prep Technician – VCC / Mon. – Thurs. / all day / Feb. – June (5 months)
  • Preparing vehicles for paint application, including masking, sanding & priming
  • Estimate & calculate repair costs for clients


Auto Service Technician– Cariboo Hill / Day 1’s (1 year)
  • Repair, adjust & replace mechanical or electrical parts of automobiles & trucks



Carpenter– Cariboo Hill / Day 1’s (1 year)
  • Introduction to the construction industry
  • Drawing and specification interpretation, material identification, framing
  • Use of various hand tools, power tools, and shop machines
Professional Cook– Burnaby Central / Mon – Thurs / 2pm – 7 pm (1 year)
  • Entry-level certification leading to an apprenticeship in the culinary industry
  • Food preparation, equipment operation, and basic food service skills


Electrician (Construction)– Burnaby Mountain / Day 1’s (1 year)
  • Install, construct, alter, repair, maintain, test, service, calibrate & operate related electrical and electronic systems.
  • Ensure all electrical connections are safe & meet the Electrical Code

Hairstylist– Alpha (2 years)
  • Combination of theory and practical, hands-on experience
  • At program end, students will be eligible to write the Certificate of Hairdressing Qualification exam, and if successful, will become a licensed Hairdresser


*Programs with Limited Enrollment Opportunities

Baker (Pastry Arts) *VCC / Mon-Thurs / Aug-Jan. / 1pm-7:30pm
  • Learn baking skills required by industry



Metal Fabricator

*Level 1– BCIT / full time / Feb. – July (6 months)

  • High-end metal work, design and build (e.g. staircases, artwork, tables, railings, etc.)


Painter and Decorator  
* Level 1– Finishing Trades Institute / full time / June-July (6 weeks)
  • Learn how to select, prepare and apply paint and wall finishing



* Plumbing Level 1– Annacis Island / full time / June & July (6 weeks)

  • Offered in June of Gr. 12 year, after classes are finished, leads to Apprenticeship immediately
Pipefitter * – Annacis Island / full time / June & July (6 weeks)
  • Train in plumbing, piping and sprinkler fitting, first year of plumbing. Trades certification towards Apprenticeship