Did you know that you can start preparing for a high-paying job as a plumber or pipe fitter while you’re still in high school?
School District No. 42’s Plumbing/Pipe Fitting Apprenticeship program, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, gives students an opportunity to complete Grade 12 graduation requirements while earning post-secondary credits and certification in the plumbing/pipe fitting field.
The program gives students the skills needed for entry-level jobs in the steam fitting, sprinkler fitting, gas fitting and plumbing fields – including proper safety habits, time and materials management, and experience using hand tools and power tools.
“Students who graduate from the Plumbing/Pipe Fitting Apprenticeship program leave high school with job-ready skills,” said instructor Thomas Leuvekamp.
Students who successfully complete the apprenticeship program will receive Level 1 in-school technical training credit and 375 work-based hours towards completion of the Plumbing/Pipe Fitting Apprenticeship program.
After graduation, students may seek employment as a Level 1 apprentice.
To progress as an apprentice, students will need to find an employer to sponsor their apprenticeship and register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The next steps for career advancement is taking in-school technical training Levels 2, 3 and 4.
“By the time you finish four years you are making top dollar in your field,” said Leuvekamp. “If you complete the four years you receive Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) in plumbing and can earn between $35 to $40 per hour,” he said. “The plumbing trade offers the availability of employment – and the opportunity to make great wages early on.”
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.