Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge students, left, Jeff Smith, middle, Will Clearwater, and right, Brennan McEwan, are working on the construction of the Royal Bay Secondary School in Colwood.
Trades training is a critical component of the high school experience. The Sooke School district has put a lot of energy and resources into making the trades programs some of the most efficient and forward thinking programs in the province.
T.A.S.K – Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge – is an educational partnership between SD62 and Camosun College. The program allows students to explore a variety of trades including: Form Work, Framing, Floor Construction, Roof Construction, Plumbing, Sheet Metal and Electrical. The credits go towards high school graduation and can also be transferred to a trades training certificate.
Recent graduates and students of the T.A.S.K. and Belmont Residential Construction programs are working on the sites of the new Royal Bay and Belmont secondary schools. Seven students in total are busy learning new skills and sharpening old ones at the Royal Bay site. Students are working for Pitt Meadows Plumbing, Glenco Electric, DGS Construction, and Imperial Welding. There are two students working with Yellowridge Construction at the new Belmont site.
Royal Bay is looking to model the trade success Belmont has had by creating shop space and possibly trade academies. Royal Bay has a unique opportunity being located in a new housing development that has yet to be built. The school is currently working on creating partnerships with the developer, which would eventually see students working in apprenticeships with the builders.
All students in the program receive their OFA Level 1, Fall Protection, CSTS, and Hilti certifications while in the program.
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