The SD38 Career Programs partners with several post-secondary institutions to offer a variety of dual credit Youth Train in Trades (YTIT) programs. Students apply to participate in a YTIT program while still in high school. YTIT is a youth apprenticeship program supported by the Industry Training Authority (ITA), the governing body which oversees all trades training in BC. Students who are accepted into a YTIT program can earn high school credit, post-secondary credit, and receive their level 1 technical training from the ITA. By the time students have completed a YTIT program they have a head start on their career. 

Through a joint partnership between the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Richmond School District, students have the opportunity to take foundation or Level 1 programs, choosing from a variety of trades.  They include:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Carpentry (Framing & Forming – Level 1)
  • Construction Electrician (in a North Delta location)
  • Joinery
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Sheet Metal Worker

These are typically offered in second semester and vary in length/time commitment.  Students who qualify, earn both post-secondary and high school credits for the courses taken.

Together, the Finishing Trades Institute of BC (FTI) and the Richmond School District #38 offer a unique 6-week program, available to students in grades 11 or 12.  The Painting and Decorating (commercial) program takes place from mid-June to the end of July.  This valuable, hands-on technical training program teaches a variety of skills including:

  • Surface preparation
  • Airless spray
  • Industry tool use
  • Respirator training
  • Fall protection and much more

The FTI is located in North Surrey, near the Patullo Bridge.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.  Richmond School District #38 works directly with the ITA to help manage Level 1 technical training credentialing and where applicable, register any work-based training hours for Youth TRAIN in Trades and Youth WORK in Trades candidates.  All SD38 Youth TRAIN in Trades and Youth WORK in Trades students receive a trade worker identification ID (TWID) number from the ITA.

Together, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU-Cloverdale Campus) and Richmond School District partner to offer students foundation and Level 1 Youth TRAIN in Trades programs in the millwright and welding trades. These are offered full-time in second semester.  All students who qualify, receive university course credit, high school credit, and ITA credentialing.  Check out KPU's virtual tour by clicking here.


The UA Piping Industry College (UAPIC) is located on Annacis Island and has a fundamental focus on the piping trades.  The Richmond School District (#38) partners with the UAPIC for the Youth TRAIN in Trades Plumbing program (Level 1 technical training).  Students in SD38 Youth TRAIN in Trades Plumbing attend the UAPIC for a total of four non-consecutive weeks during their program.

Richmond School District (#38) has a partnership with Vancouver Community College (VCC) for a variety of Youth TRAIN in Trades programs.  Students in Richmond attend VCC's Pender Street campus (downtown) for Baking & Pastry Arts (first semester) and for Professional Cook 1 (five weeks in summer).  Students in the Auto Collision Repair Technician or Auto Refinishing Prep Technician programs attend VCC's Broadway Campus full-time in second semester.  All students who qualify, receive college course credit, high school credit, and ITA credentialing.