In a competitive market, you must have unique specialized skills and knowledge to stand out from the crowd.  Harmony between these two major factors requires serious soul searching and the motivation to find out what training and education is possible for you.  Also, you need to make some decisions around what you will be satisfied doing. Is a vocational career or a career in Trades vs. traditional post-secondary right for you?

The following information provides an overview of some of the major routes you can follow which can begin before you even graduate!  Acquaint yourself with what each has to offer and if you need more information on these programs visit:

WGSS Career Advisor

Ms. McGee 
Click HERE to book with Ms. McGee

WGSS Counsellor,

Ms. Docherty
Click HERE to book with Ms. Docherty

WGSS WAVE teacher,
Mr. Scotton 

Course Planning Presentation

The District offers 4 Different Dual-Credit Programs:

Work & Volunteer
To apply for any of the above programs book an appointment with the WGSS Career Advisor, Ms. McGee, and she can help you get started with an application or discuss in further detail what options might be best suited for you.  You can also contact Ms. Docherty, Counsellor, to discuss your options.


Who is eligible?

  • Students 15 years of age or older enrolled in grade 10, 11, or 12.
  • Students must be working with a Red Seal certified journeyperson who will agree to commit to training the student in an Industry Training Authority (ITA) recognized trade.
  • Like other apprentices, Youth WORK in Trades apprentices are responsible for finding an employer who will hire them and commit to their training as a sponsor.

How does it work?

  • Students who work in a trade area under the supervision of a journeyperson while in school, may be eligible to sign up as an apprentice.
  • If the students meet all the criteria, they will be signed up as an apprentice with the ITA as well as a Youth WORK in Trades Apprentice with the Langley School District.

How do students benefit?

  • Earn up to 16 elective credits towards graduation (equals four courses):
  • Youth WORK in Trades 11A – four Grade 11 credits (120 hours)
  • Youth WORK in Trades 11B – four Grade 11 credits (120 hours)
  • Youth WORK in Trades 12A – four Grade 12 credits (120 hours)
  • Youth WORK in Trades 12B – four Grade 12 credits (120 hours)
  • Acquire skills employers want and get a head start on your career.
  • Use 480 paid work hours towards your apprenticeship.
  • Have a seamless transition from school to work.
$1000 Youth WORK Award criteria – in order to receive you must:
  • Be registered with the Industry Training Authority as a Youth Apprentice.
  • Graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood.
  • Successfully completed WRK 11A, WRK 11B, WRK 12A, and WRK 12B.
  • Maintained a C+ average or better on Grade 12 numbered courses.
  • Reported a total of at least 900 hours to the ITA by December 31 of the school year the student turns 19.


Students from across Langley School District can apply for a seat in one and two semester programs during their Grade 11 and/or 12 years.  Students earn high school graduation credits, a post-secondary certificate and apprenticeship hours.  The tuition for these programs is covered by a joint agreement with Langley School District and post-secondary institutions; however, there may be fees for equipment and supplies. 

For more information and application process, go to  You may also pick up program specific information sheets from our Career Advisor in the Career Centre.

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WAVE: Work & Volunteer Experience


  • A high school course that students normally complete outside of school hours at an employer’s place of business.
  • Students are placed with employers/organizations to job shadow and/or perform the duties of an entry level employee for up to 170 hours.
  • Students gain experience and new skills in the workplace they wouldn’t be able to get at school.


  • Complete course credits outside of a school in almost any industry/occupation.
  • Get paid or gain volunteer experience while earning school graduation credits.
  • Take more than nine courses in a school year, does not impact current school schedule.


  • Be in Grade 10-12.


  • Complete work after school, weekends during school breaks (winter, summer, spring).

Early Childhood Education

Learn more about this new and exciting opportunity below.