As an educator, you have an important role to play in connecting youth with trades. ITA’s Youth Programs give students the chance to try out different trades and get a head start on an apprenticeship—both in class and on the job—while they’re still in high school.

Youth Discover the Trades

*formerly named YES 2 IT

ITA and the BC Ministry of Education have teamed up to connect students, parents and educators with engaging local tradespeople. The program gives students insight into career opportunities in the trades.

Your project must offer hands-on trade experiences for students in grades 5 through 10. It should include additional classroom learning both before and after the event. Project approvals are subject to funding availability.

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Youth Discover the Maker Way

*formerly named Maker Day

Trades, technology and teachers come together in this immersive professional development event. A collaboration between ITA and UBC Okanagan’s Innovative Learning Centre, it is a hands-on experience for educators that bolsters experimentation, invention and prototyping in the classroom.

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Youth Discover the Maker Club

*formerly named Maker Day

The Youth Discover the Maker Club offers intermediate students (grades 5-7) and their educators, an opportunity to be empowered and inspired about making; making objects that are desired, or creating solutions to problems they encounter.

Making with trades, technology and arts, learning and honing new skills and showcasing your projects with the greater community, are all goals of the Youth Discover the Maker Club. This program provides:

  • Funds to start a Youth Discover the Maker Club at your school
  • An inspiring presentation and making experience by Zee Kesler and Emily Smith of The Magic Trout Imaginarium
  • Print copies of all materials: The Maker Club PlaybookTeacher’s Guide and the ADST Booklet

If your school is interested in having a Youth Discover the Maker Club, please contact Lisa Ayton:

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Youth Discover Lions in the House


Be part of an exciting interactive trades event with the BC Lions! This one-day event was created specifically for youth in grades 6-9 to learn about the power of choice and opportunities in trades. Students compete, cheer and get inspired by Youth Discover Lions in the House!


  • Email to express interest in bringing the BC Lions to your school

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