ACE IT Trades and (SSA) Secondary School Apprenticeship

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The Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) program is the in-class component of a high school apprenticeship. ACE IT students are Youth Apprentices registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). ACE IT programs are usually offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions with onsite training at either location. Students who successfully complete the ACE IT program earn credit towards both high school graduation and a post-secondary credential.

Enrolment in the ACE IT program is free; however, students may be required to cover the cost for textbooks, tools or other items specific to working in a specific industry.

Local employers also get involved in the development of ACE-It programs, and students who complete these programs typically have very good success in finding employment.

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Please review each link carefully. Complete applications must include: 

  1.  SD8 ACE-IT and SSA Application Form
  2.  Youth Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form
  3.  Selkirk College Transitions Application
  4.  Authorization of Release of Student Information
  5.  $37 Application Fee
  6.  Interim Transcripts (see School Counselor or Administration)


Explore a wide range of exciting Trades programs, get hands on in Selkirk College’s shops and learn about career opportunities that exist in the Trades.


  • Friday, November 18, 2016 – Grades 11 & 12
  • Friday, February 17, 2017 – Grades 9 & 10

**For more information talk to Ms. Hewson at the school or contact Amy Byers, Educational Recruitment Specialist at 250.505.1396.


For general questions about the ACE-It or SSA programs or enrollment, please contact Selkirk College’s Paris Voykin at 1.800.953.1133 Ext. 313 or or SD8 ACE-It Coordinator, Willow Makortoff at 250.352.6681 or (

The ACE-IT contact at Mt. Sentinel is Ms. Hewson, Counsellor (

For more information about Selkirk College bursaries please contact Janine Hendry, PCP Financial Aid Officer at 250.365.1290.

Once students are clear about which ACE-IT program they wish to pursue please print the SD8 ACE-It and SSA Application form above and fill out carefully. Parent signatures are required. An application fee of $35 is required. A background interview with a community member from that trade of interested is also required. Counselors can provide current marks as well as a check on the final application.

NOTE: some programs require that students plan both their Grade 11 and 12 course selections appropriately (for example, ACE-It hairdressing program requires the completion of either EN12 or COMM12 and Grad Transitions be done in Grade 11).


Program spots available to students in our region are competitive. Please ensure to begin the application process in early October (for Term 1 programs) early-January (for Term 2 programs).

(SSA) Secondary School Apprenticeship


Apprenticeship is paid, work-based training, usually combined with post-secondary education. The SSA Program is designed for students who are interested in an Apprenticeable Trade. SSA allows you to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school, and earn credits! Students who complete the program and satisfy all the criteria are elligibily to earn a $1000 scholarship to use toward further training in your trade.

How to Get Started:

  1. Select a trade/industry that interests you and learn as much as you can about it
  2. Try a Work Experience placement in the trade
  3. Find an employer that will hire you and commit to your training
  4. Contact the School Contact for SSA to register in program
  5. Continue to earn while you learn!

Click here for a list of apprenticeable trades.

See the Industry Training Authority SSA Overview for more information.

Need more information?  See your school counsellor or SSA School Contact, Ms. Hewson, for more information.