Each year, secondary trades students work within their community at local companies, whether paid or unpaid, to explore career pathways and gain valuable experience in the trades industry such as carpentry, electrical, welding, fabrication, and mechanics.
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Comox Valley Schools commends local business owners and staff for being an integral and supportive part of the training journey for many District students pursuing career opportunities in the trades industry.

Each year, secondary trades students work within their community at local companies, whether paid or unpaid, to explore career pathways and gain valuable experience in the trades industry such as carpentry, electrical, welding, fabrication, and mechanics.

Along with the support of the local business community, these work placements give youth hands-on learning experiences, industry knowledge, and specialized skills, all of which lead to a more enriching education experience outside the classroom. In addition, students develop valuable interpersonal communication skills needed in supporting customers, or between co-workers and with supervisors.

Blake Konschak, G.P. Vanier Secondary student, recently completed a 100-hour placement with DN Auto during his Grade 11 year. Prior to the Trades Sampler Program, he was not entirely certain which career path to follow.

“The work experience was a really nice steppingstone, and it all came together for me this year,” shared Konschak. “Everyone [at DN Auto] was super friendly, and I had a good time and learning experience. It was a good introduction to become an automotive mechanics.”

From a parent’s perspective, Sandra Gadd acknowledged how fantastic the program has been for her son Morgan, enrolled at Mark R. Isfeld in the Metal Mechanical Program.

“It was a dream come true for him to get that kind of on-the-job experience at Edgett Excavating. He’s had minimal actual work experience before because his disabilities have meant he has had to complete classes throughout each summer,” expressed Gadd. “I’d like to thank [the District] for the opportunities the program and support have given him. Morgan is so much more confident about his future after high school now.”

Mary Lee

Comox Valley School District