LANGLEY SECONDARY PIPING AND PLUMBING PROGRAM – in partnership with BCIT
The Langley School District Piping ACE-IT program (Accelerated Industry Training) is a partnership between B.C.I.T. (British Columbia Institute of Technology (http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/pipingtrades) and the Langley School District. It is I.T.A. (Industry Training Authority www.itabc.ca) approved and will give students level 1 technical training in the areas of plumbing, sprinklerfitting, gasfitting, and steamfitting. In addition, work experience hours count towards high school elective credits and apprenticeship hours. Students must be in grade 11 or 12 and enrolled in the Langley School District.
The program is a full year cohort and runs from February to January. Students interested in the program should see their school counselor and plan on attending an Open House, Workshop, or Info Session. These are typically held in early Spring with applications due in April. Late applications may be accepted but first priority will be given to those who apply early. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
- 121 students have entered the piping program
- 92/102 (19 students are currently in the program), 90% have successfully completed and received post-secondary credit
- 54/102, 53% of students who completed the program were signed as apprentices before graduation.
- 82/92, 89% of the students who successfully completed the program are known to have worked in the Piping trade after graduation. This may be slightly higher as there are some students who have not kept in touch.
- 40/92, 43% of students who successfully completed the program are known to have gone on to at least level 2 training.
- We’ve had 7 students who started in the program complete their Red Seal certification. Given the number who are registered to complete their schooling this year, we are likely to double this.
Our Piping/Plumbing students have logged 36,600 hours of work experience. All but 16 hours of that has been paid. Given a minimum wage of at least $10 per hour that’s $366,000 of taxable income that has supported the local fast food outlets and electronics retailers. Including all students who have participated in the program, this is an average of 302 hours per student.