Young Adults and Equity Seeking Groups in Trades Training

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 the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP).  Please contact them as directed to learn more about eligibility for these supports and services.

For more information see Frequently Asked Questions


BC Construction Association Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)
As STEP works with construction industry employers and eligible participants to fill available jobs across BC, this program supports participants in each Region of the province to secure trades related employment by aligning their interest, aptitude and abilities to available job openings in construction occupations that offer advancement to high skilled trade occupations and ITA Apprenticeship registration.

Region: Province Wide
Website: www.stepbc.ca 
Phone: 1-833-567-STEP
Contact: www.stepbc.ca/contact/


British Columbia Regional Council of Carpenters Introduction to Carpentry and Formwork Program 
8-week Intro to Carpentry and Formwork Program preparing participants to become carpenter apprentices. Includes: 4 week Essential Skills training to prepare for success in foundational training and on-the-job; and 4 week hands on occupational skills training includes, safety certifications, power tools, carpentry, formwork and other materials projects.

Region: Mainland/Southwest
Program Contact: Merissa Cox 
Contact Info: 778-404-1204
Email: training@bcrcc.ca     |     Website: bcrcc.ca


Camosun College Multi-Industry Trades Exploration & Employment (MI-TEE)
Program provides eligible participants the opportunity to explore & learn necessary skills to find trades related employment and/or become apprentices and includes skills training certificates and opportunity to explore, apply and build awareness of trades career pathways in either Construction or Marine Trades.

Region: Vancouver Island/Coast Program
Contact: Jayna Wiewiorowski 
Contact Info: WiewiorowskiJ@camosun.bc.ca
250-370-3827
Website: https://camosun.ca/


Coast Mountain College Step Into Trades

10-week trade sampler program exploring trades locally in demand: Mini Trades Sampler; Essential Skills; Employment Readiness; Mechanical Reasoning, WorkSafe Predictor; Employability Skills, and Industry Visits and guest speakers.

Region: North Coast & Nechako 
Program Contact: Riley Gowen
Contact Info: rgowen@coastmountaincollege.ca
250-635-6511 ext. 5205
Website:  www.coastmountaincollege.ca/programs/discover/contract-services/funded-programs/step-into-trades


Dan's Legacy Dan’s Legacy “Intro to Cook”

Dan’s Legacy’s “Intro to Cook” program provides clinically supervised job-skills training in the food services industry to youth aging out of care, Indigenous youth, young women survivors of gendered violence and new Canadians.

Region: Mainland/Southwest
Program Contact: Andrew Wong
Contact Info: andrew@danslegacy.com
604-764-9453
Website: https://danslegacy.com/about-us/dans-warehouse/


Greater Trail Community Skills Centre (Skills Centre) Tools for Trades 

Program offers training and supports necessary for participants to pursue sustainable and rewarding employment in the trades, including financial supports for foundation trades training, wage subsidies, safety certifications, gear and tools, transportation, and childcare. Participants will work with a placement coordinator to facilitate apprenticeship placements with local businesses and contractors.

Region: Kootenay
Program Contact: Allan Pusey
Email: apusey@communityskillscentre.com
250-231-6746
Website: http://www.communityskillscentre.com/


Kitselas Five Tier System LP K5T Employment 

Program offers wraparound services, work experience, pre-employment counselling and coaching, and job search assistance and placement opportunities designed to reduce barriers, and support eligible participants to bridge into trades employment or training. Includes: mental health referrals, childcare referrals, housing advocacy, meals/nutrition counselling, driver’s training, work gear, and training wages.

Region: North Coast & Nechako
Program Contact: David Hansen
Contact Info:  training@kitselas.com
250-641-3678
Website: https://kitselas.com/


North Island College Heavy Mechanical Plus Micro-credentialing

This Heavy Mechanical Plus Micro-credentialing program provides wrap-around employment services supports, upgrading, technical and applied training, and participant financial supports over the course of of the program.

Region: Vancouver Island/Coast
Program Contact: Ashley Russo
Contact Info: ashley.russo@nic.bc.ca
250-923-9700 ext. 7837
Website: www.nic.bc.ca/programs/trades-apprenticeship-technical/trades-technical/heavy-mechanical-plus-micro-credential/


North Island College Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation Harmonized Certificate

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation program provides wrap-around employment services supports, skills training and participant financial supports over the course the program.

Region: Vancouver Island/Coast
Program Contact: Ashley Russo
Contact Info: ashley.russo@nic.bc.ca
250-923-9700 ext. 7837
Website: www.nic.bc.ca/programs/trades-apprenticeship-technical/trades-technical/automotive-collision-and-refinishing-technician-foundation-harmonized/


Skill Source Group Training Organization Introduction to Roofing Trades 

5-week program focusing on job readiness and orientation to work in the trades, essential skills upgrading, and understanding employer expectations before moving on to 4-weeks of trade specific skills training.  These four weeks are designed to prepare trainees to self-select and then step-into meaningful work within Roofing trades.

Regions: Mainland/Southwest, Vancouver Island/Coast
Program Contact: Karen McLean 
Contact Info: kmclean@skillsourcebc.ca
604-455-0075 ext. 1 
Website: skillsourcebc.ca/free-training-in-langford/


Thompson Rivers University TRU Construction Craft Worker

The Program will provide the theoretical and practical skills needed to gain employment as a skilled labourer.  Providing the participants with industry recognized certifications will increase employment opportunities and give the participants the foundational skills needed for sustainable employment and an in-demand skillset.

Regions: Cariboo, Thompson-Okanagan 
Program Contact: Heather Hamilton
Contact Info: hhamilton@tru.ca
250-371-5658
Website: https://www.tru.ca/


Vancouver Island Construction Association Construct Your Future – North Island 

10 week, group-based program that includes eight weeks of classroom training followed by two weeks of supported work placement with financial supports to participants and employers. Training includes: Industry Safety Certifications, Skill Building, and Career Exploration, on the job training and placement supports.

Region: Vancouver Island/Coast 
Program Lead: Rosie Manhas
Phone:  250-999-8942
Direct: 250-388-6471 x:1104
Email: instructornorth@vicabc.ca     |     Website: https://www.vicabc.ca/construct-your-future/


Workforce Development Consulting Services Northern BC Ltd. QUEST Plus Trades Training Program

Program assists participants to create a career paths into recognized trades. Participants will be provided with the supports and training they need to join the workforce in dynamic, high-demand sectors, by engaging in a career plan that leads to apprenticeship and long term workforce attachment in industrial sectors.

Regions: Cariboo, North Coast & Nechako, Northeast
Program Contact: Kyla Kershaw
Contact Info: kyla@wdcsnorth.ca 
250-564-8044
Website: www.workforcedevelopmentconsulting.ca/programs-landing

For more resources please visit the Women in Trades Training or Indigenous People in Trades Training programs.