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SD8 Youth Trades is School District 8’s program dedicated to supporting students who are interested in a career path that starts in the Trades. Youth Trades introduces students to the world of technical trades, helps them figure out what path they would like to pursue, and supports them in their transition to technical training and entering a career in the trades.

SD8’s Youth Trades Mission is to help students find a rewarding and reliable career the incorporates their strengths.

Trades Training Information 

District Trades Training Coordinator is Brent Firkser.

Contact us:

Trades Training Family Information Night

Recording from Fall 2023 Family Engagement Night (Click Here)

Passcode: 2htCsW!x

Learn about Youth Train in Trades programs in SD8!

Application Packages

Please see links below for each program application packages.

Students will need to have a 3-Year Trades Grad Plan on file, and a current transcript or DVR (Diploma Verification Report attached to the application package.

Students are encouraged to explore the program prior to applying, to apply early, and to ensure they have their graduation plan in place.

Youth Trades Program Overview

About the SkilledTradesBC Youth Programs, with Maureen Phung ( 

Join Maureen Phung for this program overview of Skilled Trades BC programs that are available through SD8 Kootenay Lake.

Victoria - A Parent's Story ( -- A parent shares her story of her child's successful pathway in youth train in trades.

Leah's Automotive ( -- Leah shares her story about her successful automotive industry, and being a woman in trades.

Youth | SkilledTradesBC 


Funding Tuition for Families

Youth Train in Trades


Youth Work in Trades


Youth Trades Sampler


Youth Discover the Trades


Trades Resources