Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

ITA sponsors a number of community service providers, training providers and Indigenous communities across B.C. to deliver trades training and employment programs. These programs are focused on meeting the needs of vulnerable and under-represented groups in trades occupations, including women, Indigenous people and other equity seeking groups.

The programs provide a range of individualized and group services and supports, hands-on trades exploration training, entry level (pre-apprenticeship) technical training, industry certification training, mentorship, job coaching and employment placement services. 

Use the tabs below to find programs in your area. Please contact the service providers directly to learn more about the programs, eligibility, supports and services offered as they may vary between programs.


Indigenous People in Trades Training

Indigenous People in Trades Training

These programs deliver training and supports for Indigenous people to reduce barriers and secure employment in the trades.

Programs:

 

Alternate Pathway to Electrical 

This 23-week program offers essential skills upgrading and a pre-apprenticeship training program. Upon successful completion, participants may have the opportunity for employment to continue their apprenticeship.
   
Regions: 
  • Mainland/Southwest
Training Locations: 
  • Burnaby
  • Port Coquitlam
Contact: 

ACCESS Trades,email or 604-922-4077 ext. 232

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Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training

This 12-week trades exploration program provides technical training for high demand trades occupations, including industry-recognized certifications, job coaching, and apprenticeships. Participants also learn life skills and essential skills, and Indigenous cultural components are included.
  
 
Regions: 
  • Vancouver Island/Coast
Training Locations: 
  • Nanaimo
  • Victoria
Contact:

Camosun College, Vancouver Island University
email or 250-370-4778
 
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All Roads: First Nations Trades Training

This program provides individualized training, education, apprenticeships, and trades qualification to eligible participants by identifying their interests and matching them with employment opportunities in First Nations communities.

Regions: 

  • Province-wide

Training Locations:  
  • Ahousat
  • Bella Coola
  • Buick
  • Grasmere
  • Hanceville
  • Lytton
  • Penticton
  • Witset
Contact: 
 
Construction Foundation of BCemail or 250-858-2217

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Kitselas Community-Led Apprenticeship Development (KCAD)

This program consists of safety and apprenticeship orientation, essential skills training, industry certifications, a community project and job-readiness training (pre-employment counselling/coaching, resume/cover letter writing, interview skills and job search/application assistance). Indigenous cultural components are also included.
   
Regions:  
  • North Coast & Nechako
Training Locations:  
  • Terrace
Contact: 
 
Kitselas Five Tier System Limited Partnership, email or 250-635-5084 ext. 4092

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Careers in Construction Trades

This program provides essential skills upgrading, life skills training and workplace certifications. Program offerings include: Introduction to Construction Craft Worker program, Trades Sampler program, Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator and Heavy Construction Foundation.
   
Regions: 
  • Thompson-Okanagan
Training Locations:  
  • Kamloops
Contact: 
 
Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), email or 250-828-5110
 
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Indigenous Peoples Trades Training

This program supports participants entering a Trades Sampler, Builder Maintenance Worker or Foundation program. Participants receive Indigenous cultural supports, workplace certifications, job readiness skills and employment assistance.
   
Regions:  
  • Cariboo
Training Locations:  
  • Williams Lake

Contact: 
 
Thompson Rivers University (Williams Lake), email or 250-392-8177
 
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Women in Trades Training

Women in Trades Training

These programs deliver training and supports for women to reduce barriers and secure employment in the trades.

Programs:

 

Skilled Trades Employment Program

This program supports participants in each region of the province to secure trades-related employment by aligning their interests, aptitudes and abilities with available job openings in the construction industry. STEP also offers advancement to high skilled trade occupations and ITA Apprenticeship registration.
   
Regions:  
  • Province-wide
Training Locations:  
  • Abbotsford
  • Fort St. John
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Nanaimo
  • Prince George
  • Prince Rupert
  • Terrace
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
Contact: 

BC Construction Association (BCCA), email or 250-475-1077
 
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BC Centre for Women in the Trades - BCCWITT

This program provides skills training and employment opportunities to participants interested in pursuing the trades. It includes a support network of mentorship and pre-employment coaching, work experience, work placement, and participant financial supports.
   
Regions:  
  • Mainland/Southwest
  • North Coast & Nechako
  • Thompson-Okanagan
  • Vancouver Island/Coast
Training Locations:  
  • Vancouver
Contact: 
 
BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT)email or 604-812-6660
 
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Camosun/VIU Women in Trades Training

This program offers a 12-week trades’ exploration program, Foundation technical training and employment transition supports including job coaching and apprenticeship employment, as well as: life skills, essential skills, academic assessment, industry recognized certifications, work site visits and guest speakers.
   
Regions:  
  • Vancouver Island/Coast
Training Locations:  
  • Nanaimo
  • Victoria
Contact: 

Camosun CollegeVancouver Island University, Camosun email, VIU email, or 250-370-4829

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Practical Approach to Women in Trades

This program is a practical, hands-on trades training project consisting of training in five trades, including pre-employment and essential skills training. Participants will also complete a work experience placement and receive supports to obtain sustainable employment.
   
Regions:  
  • Province-wide
Training Locations:  
  • Abbotsford
  • Courtenay
  • Delta
  • Fort St. John
  • Kelowna
  • Terrace 
Contact: 
 
Excel Career College, email or 250-334-2452 
 
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Women in Trades Training

This program offers a 12-week Gateway to the Building Trades for Women program providing the opportunity to explore various trades, and a WITT trades technical training program offering Foundation trades training. Each program includes employment assistance and covers safety tools, work site visits, mentorship and employer visits.
   
Regions:  
  • Thompson-Okanagan
Training Locations:  
  • Kelowna
  • Penticton
  • Salmon Arm
Contact: 
 
Okanagan College, email or 250-863-3013
 
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EmpowerHER: Attract, Recruit, Retain Women in Trades Training

This program offers the opportunity for women to be introduced to mechanical and construction trades through a Women in Trades Training Exploratory program. This program also offers an opportunity to complete a trades foundation program. Each program includes employment assistance and covers safety tools, work site visits, mentorship and employer visits.   

Regions:  
  • Thompson-Okanagan
Training Locations: 
  • Kamloops
Contact: 
 
Thompson Rivers University, email or 250-828-5110
 
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Equity Seeking Groups in Trades Training

Equity Seeking Groups in Trades Training

These programs deliver training and supports for equity seeking groups to reduce barriers and secure employment in the trades.

Programs:
 

Skilled Trades Employment Program

This program supports participants in each region of the province to secure trades-related employment by aligning their interests, aptitudes and abilities with available job openings in the construction industry. STEP also offers advancement to high skilled trade occupations and ITA Apprenticeship registration.

Regions: 

  • Province-wide

Training Locations: 

  • Victoria
  • Nanaimo
  • Prince George
  • Terrace
  • Prince Rupert
  • Fort St. John
  • Kelowna
  • Kamloops
  • Vancouver
  • Abbotsford

Contact: 

BC Construction Association (BCCA), email or 250-475-1077

Persons with Disabilities in Trades Training

Persons with Disabilities in Trades Training

These programs deliver training and supports for persons with disabilities to reduce barriers and secure or advance their employment in the trades.


Eligible Participants

There are two program types, each with different eligibility:

Persons with Disabilities in Trades
Unemployed or precariously employed British Columbians who self-identify as a person with a disability and who may have experienced barriers to training and employment.

Persons with Learning Disabilities in Trades
British Columbians who self-identify as living with a learning disability or impairment which may or may not have been formally diagnosed as a learning disability and are:
  • enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship program or ITA Foundation technical training program; or
  • a registered apprentice in an ITA designated apprenticeship program; or
  • approved to challenge an ITA Certification Exam.
Note: If you are unemployed or precariously employed, you are also eligible for programs for persons with disabilities in trades.


Programs:


ITA AT Reading Support Program (ITA-ATRSP)

This program provides assistive technology skill-building services to participants in ITA technical training programs. Participants who experience barriers due to learning disabilities receive reading and literacy supports to complete their apprenticeship. 

Regions:

  • Province-wide

Training Locations:

  • Virtual

Contact:

The Board of Education of School District No. 39 Vancouver (Assistive Technology BC)email or 604-418-3527

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Trades Exploration

This program supports individuals with acquired brain injuries, allowing them to explore different trades. Participants receive First Aid certifications, FoodSafe certifications, work experience, and employment supports.


Regions:

  • Cariboo

Training Locations:

  • Prince George

Contact:

College of New Caledonia, email or 250-561-5846

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Trade-Abilities

This program supports persons with disabilities to explore meaningful trades-related employment options. Participants receive employment coaching and may gain hands-on experience in a variety of trades.


Regions:

  • Cariboo
  • North Coast & Nechako

Training Locations:

  • Prince George

Contact:

Kopar Administration Ltd, email or 250-596-2517

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