Apprenticeship plays an essential role in the construction sector's economic health and growth. Our industry depends on workplace experience, with as much as 85% of training happening directly on the job.
With an estimated 58,000 job openings coming to the skilled trades by 2024 and two out of three workers already over the age of 45, there is a great deal of career opportunity in the construction sector. As one BCCA member puts it: "Apprentices are the future of our industry. They start on the tools, but they become our company presidents. The career potential is phenomenal, if only more of our young people could see it!"
For British Columbians looking to start a career in the skilled trades, here are some of our favourite online resources to help guide you along the apprenticeship training path:
The Skilled Trades Employment Program can help you move your skills and your career forward to apprenticeship and journeyperson status. Contact your local Skilled Trades Employement Specialist at STEP today: there are several locations around the province, and all the contact information you need is listed on the STEP website.
Careers in Trades
Careers in Trades is a career awareness website that acts as an information hub with resources and tools for researching apprenticeship options. It's a great first stop in understanding your apprenticeship and industry options.
The Industry Training Authority guides you through everything you need to know about apprenticeships and industry training in B.C. The ITA has programs focused on developing youth in trades, women in trades, Aboriginal People in trades and Immigrants in trades.
CAF-FCA (The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum)
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) is a non-profit organization that connects Canada’s apprenticeship community.
CAF-FCA has worked to change the conversation about apprenticeship in Canada. By creating opportunities to share successes and address common issues, CAF-FCA has contributed to effective local, regional and national solutions. If you're looking for information on topics related to apprenticeships in Canada, CAF-FCA's site covers areas such as financial and other supports, essential skills, diversity in the skilled trades and more.