Instructor:​ Tim MacDonald
​Location: ​G.P. Vanier Secondary School – Construction Building
​Program start date: ​Semester 2, full time Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:30 pm
One Work Experience Day – Wednesday
Course Credits:

*Up to 24 graduation credits

Trades Sampler 12A (​​TSITA12A)
Trades Sampler 12B (​​TSITA12B)
Trades Sampler 12C (​​TSITA12C)
Workplace Math 11 (WPM 11)

*Workforce Training Certificate (WTC 12)
*Work Experience 12A (WEX 12A)

​Field Trips: Industry field trips to residential construction job sites, commercial construction job sites, truss shop, etc.

NIC trade program sessions. Students may spend several days in the different NIC trades facilities working with NIC instructors.

​Application:​ ​Interested students should fill out a District Trades Sampler Application and note Construction Sampler for the program.
​Co-op portion: After the initial part of the program is complete and a few tours of industry taken, students will be set up on Work Experience 12A placements to make industry connection.

Note: This program follows the school district calendar


The Construction Trade Sampler is a cohort group that is immersed into the many careers related to the construction industry. Students will explore interested career areas around the following trades: Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Roofing, Drywall, Flooring, Siding, Concrete and Painting.
The course is mainly “hands on” by building skills, knowledge and the right attitude that employers are looking for. There will be a focus on SkilledTradesBC (formerly the Industry Training Authority or ITA) essential skills, field trips to businesses that employ trades people, project building in the shop, and practical experiences with North  Island College Trades instructors. Drafting and math will be interspersed with day to day learning.

This course is open to all grade 11 and 12 students in the Comox Valley. Grade 10 students may be accepted.

Applying: See your Careers Office to be put on the list and to receive a district application.

Space is limited to 16 students.


Below is a sample timetable showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the Construction Trades Sampler Program in Grade 11 followed by a North Island College Trades Program for Semester 2 of their Grade 12 year.

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12

English 10
Math 10
CLE 10/Elective 10
Elective 10/Elective 10

English 11
Science 11*
Socials 11 or 12 *
|Elective 11 (CLE11*)

English 12
*Grade 11 Required Academic?
Elective 11 or 12

Socials 10
Science 10
PE 10
Elective 10/Elective 10
Construction Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)

NIC Trades Program
(Comox Valley)

Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing

(Count as Grade 12 Electives)

* Could be done in Grade 12





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District Application

Trade Sampler Application - Fillable   If you will complete this application digitally, make sure you download and save it to your computer first before completing.  You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.