Skilled Trades

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Skilled Trades courses are the starting point for Nova Scotia high school students who want to explore the skilled trades as a possible career option. These courses are based on curricula that immerse students in the realities of skilled trades work. They were designed by high school teachers and experienced trades educators from the Nova Scotia Community College in consultation with industry representatives.

Skilled Trades courses provide a mixture of theoretical and practical workplace activities. Students spend approximately 80% of their time completing actual trades tasks and projects using the basic tools of industry professionals. Skilled Trades courses are designed to be taught by certified journeypersons. Students receive apprenticeship hours, upon registration, based on the actual time in class while under the supervision of a certified journeyperson teacher.

Whether students move into a skilled trades occupation or not, they will have acquired transferable skills that will serve them throughout their lives. Skilled Trades courses are academic credits. They also fulfill the Math, Science, Technology graduation requirement.

The great thing about Skilled Trades courses is that they keep one door open to pursue a four-year university degree while opening a second door to a three- to five-year apprenticeship training program. Skilled Trades courses can double your chances of finding a rewarding career.

Hants East Rural High offers the following Skilled Trades Courses:

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