Students earn Work in Trades awards

Students earn Work in Trades awards

Eighteen of SD83’s Youth Work in Trades students (formerly known as secondary school apprenticeships) will soon be receiving a $1,000 award!

A very excited District Principal (Career Education) Reid Findlay credits the strong partnership of students, career counsellors, local employers, and supportive parents for so many students being able to earn the scholarship and gain valuable career experience while still in high school.

Congratulations to A.L. Fortune students Dayton Bittner (welder), Brody Briard (Automotive Service Technician), Dean Frances (Insulator – Heat and Frost), Brandon Gosselin (Automotive Service Technician), and Layne Heins (Electrician).

At Pleasant Valley Secondary School congratulations to Cole Hoefer (Welder), and Drew Mazur (Dairy Production Technician).

At Salmon Arm Secondary congratulations go out to Dylan Coules (Welder), Taylor Howard (Carpenter), Dale Kostiuk (Automotive Service Technician), Elizabeth Palamar (Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician at ALF), Johnny Parker (Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician), Devin Pickard (Carpenter), Kai Sirko (Plumber), David Szikora (Automotive Service Technician), Spencer Trueman (Carpenter), and Kaiden Viik (Carpenter).

Also, congratulations to Salmon Arm Storefront student Noah Neumann (Auto Body Collision Technician at ALF).

Findlay explains students who are registered youth apprentices earn the scholarship by completing and reporting at least 900 hours in an apprentice hours to the ITA by December 31 of the year the student turns 19, graduates with a Grade 12 Dogwood or Adult Dogwood, successfully completes WRK 11A, 11B, 12A and 12B, and has a C+ average or better in their grade 12 courses.

For more information on how to be part of Youth Work in Trades program, students please contact any of the SD83’s high school career counsellors.

Employers if you are interested in exploring hiring a student apprentice please contact Jessica Landau, the S83 Youth Work in Trades Community Liaison. Landau can outline the benefits of being part of the program, including provincial and federal tax credits for employers who hire apprentices registered in Industry Training Authority (ITA) apprenticeship programs. She can be reached at