Trade Exploration (TEx)

Program Description:

TEx is a full day, semester-long program where students get to sample 4 trade areas: Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, and a blend of Metal Trades.  Each trade lasts for approximately 4 weeks of theory and practical training, followed by a one week work experience placement with an industry employer in that particular trade.

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Location / Post Secondary Partner:

Claremont Secondary School in partnership with Camosun College (with periodic visits to various departments at Camosun’s Interurban campus).


All Saanich District Programs are available to any “school aged” student registered in any Saanich District school.


Students should be in grade 10, 11, or 12.  They must possess grade appropriate numeracy and literacy skills and have a genuine interest and curiosity in exploring the trades with a view to potentially selecting a specific trade for further training.

Application Process:

Students must complete a TEx application form available from Claremont Secondary as well as a South Island Partnership application package.  Students must meet with their home school Career Counsellor to complete this process.

Credits Earned:

Students will earn credit for a minimum of 5 courses:

  • Trade Samplers: TSTB 12A, TSTB 12B

  • Skilled Trades Explorations: STX 11A, STX 12A

  • Work Experience: WEx 12A  (possible WEx 12B)

Materials / Equipment / Cost:

Students will need to provide their own work boots, work wear, rain gear, personal safety protection. eg: eye protection, hearing protection, hard hat etc.

There is no tuition cost, but students are required to pay an application fee of $42.66.

All power tools are supplied, but students are expected to provide their own basic hand tools.  eg hammer, tape measure, apron, etc.

Transition Process:

Step one: Students from any Saanich school can apply for the program and cross enrol to Claremont Secondary.  

Step Two: Upon completion of the TEx program students may transition to summer employment and/or register into a foundation program for technical training in a chosen trade with Camosun, or any of our other post secondary partners.  Many students have been offered apprenticeships by the employers with whom they did their work experience placement.

Trades Exploration (TEx) Program Outline:

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