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The Industry Training Authority (ITA) provides the Apprentice Job Match program to help you decide what trade will work best for you.

ITA also offers programs for Aboriginal people, women, and youth to explore various trade options.

Hear what these students can do in the trades industry.


Apprenticeships require an industry or employer sponosr and take 4 years to complete.  Apprenticeships can begin in different ways:

1. You're a high school student who knows what trades career you want.

Jump start your career with apprenticeship training while you complete high school. Several trade programs are open to high school students and often, they can also provide additional financial support for your first year of training. Ask your school's counsellor or career advisor to help you organize an apprenticeship.

2. You're interested but don’t have the skills a potential employer/sponsor is looking for.

Lack of entry level skills can't stop you. In BC, there are foundation programs that introduce you to specific trades and provide the skills sponsors are looking for. Typically, completing the foundation program gives you level one of apprenticeship training. Some programs will help you find a sponsor. Search EducationPlannerBC using the key word Foundation Programs and find the program that will help you launch your career.

3. You have an employer sponsor and want to formalize your apprenticeship training.

Once you have an employer sponsor for your apprenticeship, you and the employer need to register with the Industry Training Authority

Check out ITA’s Apprenticeship Basics.

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