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#YourPathSD42: Carpentry Level 1

Did you know that Red Seal carpenters can earn up to $35 per hour or more?
Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42)’s Carpentry Level 1 provides students with the foundational skills and knowledge to start building a career as a carpenter right after they graduate from high school.

A partnership program with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Carpentry Level 1 focuses on hands-on shop experience to hone skills of the trade.

Along with learning safe work practices, students will also get lots of practical training, from working with air nailers, staplers and basic power tools to framing, blueprint reading and basic estimating – to name just a few.

“Carpentry Level 1 delivers a great balance between theory and practical learning for the students,” said instructor Andrew Third. “Plus they have the same instructor for the entire year.”

The 10-month program is offered Monday through Friday for the full school year. Students travel to the Cloverdale Kwantlen campus for four weeks to complete the program.

Carpentry Level 1 is offered at Garibaldi and Samuel Robson Technical secondary schools. 

After graduation students can enter the job market or attend KPU, BCIT, or other technical trainers to complete Carpentry levels 2,3,4 or pursue other post-secondary education.

So what kinds of jobs are available in the carpentry trade?
“The options are endless,” said Third. “Residential, commercial, and industrial avenues – framing to forming to finishing. Log cabins to stadiums. Or you could own your own company and be your own boss.”

SD42 empowers students to discover their unique learning paths by offering more than 30 specialized programs of choice, from International Baccalaureate and sports academies to trades and technology. Download our Programs of Choice booklet.

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