The TASK program will give students a jump into the trades field. Pictured are Corinna Zimmermann

TASK gets students ready for work in the trades

High school program has instructors from Camosun college

Edward Milne community school, in partnership with Camosun College, is offering students a comprehensive trades program that will fast track them into the industry.

The Trades Awareness Skills Knowledge (TASK) program will give students training in areas like carpentry, plumbing, electrical, insulation and painting.

The program is dual credit, meaning students will receive credits for high school and Camosun College.

“It’s going to cover all the basic trades to get into your first year apprenticeship at Camosun College,” said Mike Huck, Edward Milne community school vice-principal.

To facilitate the program, students will be building community projects commissioned by local residents once a week.

Huck said people can request a variety of small carpentry projects like decks and outdoor storage structures.

“We’re going to build them here, and then transport them out onto other people’s homes, and put them up,” he said.

Huck added students will also receive industry trades certificates like WHIMIS, first aid, and flagging and confined spaces certification.

“We’re hopefully going to be able to prepare them for work in the summertime and then they jump right into the apprenticeship.”

TASK, which was developed by the high school and Camosun College, was instituted to meet the requests of students.

“We’re just filling a void, I think, creating this trade program in our community so they don’t have to go into town or somewhere else to get the training that we could provide here,” Huck said.

Corinna Zimmermann, drafting, metalwork and TASK teacher, said many students have expressed an interest in the new program.

“I can see it from the classes that I’ve been teaching already that there is a lot of interest; when I ask students what are they interested in doing after finishing school, a lot of them say trades,” she said.

Zimmermann also said the program will adequately prepare students for a post-secondary education in trades.

“A lot of post-secondary institutions have said that they’re finding that kids going into trades programs don’t have the kind of hands-on intuition that they had 10 or so many years ago,” she said.

“A lot of kids don’t have the home environment they used to, playing with mechanics in the home shed or using those skills at home.”

She believes TASK will help, “kids to fine tune those skills and the intuition of how to use tools safely so that they’re more prepped when they go into a trades program at the secondary level.”

Instructors from Camosun College will also be teaching two days a week alongside Zimmermann.

The first semester of TASK will begin on Feb. 4 until July. The program is open to students in Grades 10 to 12.

To request a community project, contact Huck at 250-642-5211.

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: Safe water should trump traffic plan

Emergency Malahat route through Sooke watershed a non-starter

VicPD honours seven citizens for their courage and dedication

Civic Service Awards presented at ceremony in Hall of Honour

Savory School music room addition a hit

School’s PAC praises Legion’s generosity

‘It’s just hair:’ Central Saanich woman chops her locks for Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids BC will receive two 12-inch braids from Brentwood Bay resident Liza Glynn

New orca calf in Salish Sea ‘healthy and active’

Birth cause for celebration but things still dire genetically, expert says

Second fatal crash occurs in Alberni Valley

Traffic on Highway 4 is being re-routed as investigators are en route

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

VIDEO: Mattress fire at Cowichan Hospital under investigation

The Cowichan District Hospital was locked down on Tuesday afternoon due to… Continue reading

Most Read