For 6 graduates from the GISS class of 2015, the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program is the thread that ties together their work and studies. The 6 students that each received this year’s $1000 Secondary School Apprenticeship Awards have all worked very hard since graduation to achieve over 1000 hours of work based training hours in their trade.

Matthew Plumridge and Nick Pringle have spent the last year working full time with Brad Bompas Construction and Lancer Construction as second year carpenters, having finished their Level 1 Carpentry before they graduated last June 2015.

Jordan Cottrell and Petra Goodlett are both working to accumulate work based training hours and are ready to complete Level 1 Professional Chef programs. Jordan has been taking courses at Camosun while working in Victoria as a cook, and Petra, cooking at Moby’s, will begin her program at Liaison College of Culinary Arts in Toronto this fall.

Liam Sinclair is currently apprenticing at Harbour’s End Marine and finishing the 10 month Camosun College Heavy Equipment Technician foundation program. Liam, Nick and Matthew completed their college training programs tuition free as Dual Credit ACE-It Students (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Training), earning high school credits as well as college credits while completing the course.

Josh Crandall has acquired over 2000 hours of work as a Golf Course Horticulture Apprentice and paid for his travel adventure to Australia over the winter. He plans to enter into the Kwantlen School of Horticulture to complete his apprenticeship in turf management, a great profession to travel the world!

SSA Award 2016

Without the support of our community, apprenticeship career training would not be in place for the students at Gulf Islands Secondary. The employers are educators in their field who personalize the training for each apprentice to meet the needs of the learner. This group of sponsors went out of their way to work with Shari Hambrook, Apprenticeship teacher at GISS and gain approval by the Industry Training Authority to train youth apprentices. Typically in Canada, the Red Seal is the final certification for a trade, however, The ITA recognizes that there many excellent tradespeople working in industry that may not have their Red Seal and a Sign-Off Authority Approval enables qualified and talented employers to be approved to sponsor and train youth apprentices.

Thanks to the businesses that saw the potential and took the time to train each of these students as apprentices in their trade.
Perry Booth of Lancer Construction
Brad Bompas Construction
Chef Ian Dufton at Moby’s Restaurant
Chef Brooke Winters at BNurtured Food Truck
Chef, Rene Widmer of Calvin’s Restaurant
Dan Morgan at Harbour’s End Marine
Steve Marleau and David Morgan at the Salt Spring Golf Club

The Secondary School Apprenticeship Program has been growing at GISS for 10 years, and, under the vision of Maggie Allison, SD 64 Manager of Career Development and Community Initiatives, the program was just awarded recognition as one of the highest ranking Secondary School Apprenticeship Programs in BC supporting nearly 10% of the student body working as apprentices before they graduate from high school. The Salt Spring Island trades community has invested wholeheartedly in local youth through the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program.

Shari Hambrook
Secondary School Apprenticeship & Work Experience Teacher
Gulf Islands Secondary School

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