Indigenous People in Trades Training Programs

ITA sponsors a number of community service providers, training providers, and Indigenous communities across BC to deliver trades training and employment programs focused to meeting the needs of vulnerable and under-represented groups in trades occupations, including Women, Indigenous people, and other Equity Seeking groups through funds from the Government of Canada and British Columbia. 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. 

Below is a brief description of each sponsored program.  Please contact the service providers directly to learn more about the programs, the supports and services offered, and eligibility as they may vary between programs.

For more information see Frequently Asked Questions

Indigenous women may be interested in programs offered through our Women in Trades Training programs.  Information about those programs can be found here. 

ACCESS Trades Alternate Pathway to Electrical​

A 23-week program offering 8 weeks of essential skills upgrading and 15 weeks of the Pre-apprenticeship program. Upon successful completion of this program, participants may have the opportunity for employment to continue their apprenticeship.

Region: Mainland/Southwest - Vancouver Area
Website: www.accessfutures.com
Email: hboyce@accessfutures.com


Camosun College/Vancouver Island University - Indigenous People in Trades Training (IPTT)

An introductory program that includes Indigenous Culture components, life skills, essential skills, academic assessment, and industry recognized certifications. Camosun and VIU will provide 12-week trades exploration program, Foundation technical training and employment transition supports including Job Coach & Apprenticeship employment outcomes for high demand trades occupations.

Region: Mainland/Southwest - Victoria, Nanaimo, and local First Nations communities in this region

Website: www.camosun.ca/iptt
Susan Wilson, Coordinator
Phone: 250-370-4779
Email: wilsons@camosun.ca
Larry Underwood, Coordinator
Phone: 250-370-4778
Email: underwoodl@camosun.ca

Website: www.viu.ca/iptt

 Construction Foundation of BC All Roads: First Nations Trades Training

ALL ROADS works with eligible individuals to identify interests and to line those up with the Nations employment opportunities, chart an individual path to a career in the trades, supported by education, training and employment/apprenticeship opportunities along the way to trades qualification. 

Region: Province wide 
Website: www.constructionfoundation.ca
Email: info@constructionfoundation.ca

Kitselas First Nation - Kitselas Community-Led Apprenticeship Development (KCAD)

This program consists of orientation (introduction to Kitselas, Indigenous cultural competency, safety, apprenticeships, unions, current labour markets), essential skills training, community project, industry certifications and job-readiness training (pre-employment counselling/coaching, professionalization,
resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, job search assistance, and job applications).

Region: Mainland/Southwest - Terrace and Kitselas First Nation
Website: www.kitselas.com/
David Hansen
Phone: 250-641-3678
Email: training@kitselas.com

Squamish Nation Trades Training Centre

This 12-week Introductory Construction Training program provides Indigenous women opportunity to explore Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Finishing Trades, and General Construction Training. This includes Culture and Essential Skills Training, Safety Certificates, job readiness support, resume writing assistance and paid work practicum. 

Region: Lower Mainland - North Vancouver
Website: www.squamish.net/contact-us/​
Phone: 604-980-7946
Email: tradescentre@squamish.net

 Thompson Rivers University Careers in Construction Trades

The Careers in Construction Trades program offers Essential Skills upgrading, Introduction to Construction Craft Worker program, Trades Sampler program, Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Construction Foundation, Workplace certifications and Life Skills which include pre-employment strategies.

 

Region: Thompson Okanagan - Kamloops 
Website: www.tru.ca/trades
Phone: 250-371-5658 

 Thompson Rivers University Transition & Heavy Mechanic Foundation Program - Starts April 2020

This program offers a Pathways to Heavy Mechanics program and a Heavy Mechanics foundation program. Participants will receive Cultural supports, Workplace Certifications and employment assistance, including job readiness skills.

 

Region: Mainland/Southwest - Williams Lake
Website: www.tru.ca/trades
Phone: 250-392-8045
Email: mfournier@tru.ca