Apprenticeship Recognition Month celebrates the hard work of apprentices, employer sponsors, youth participants and foundation students. Our government values the tradespeople who are an essential part of our economy. We are committed to creating further opportunities for women, Indigenous Peoples and other under-represented groups to find good-paying, long-lasting careers in the trades.
Throughout November, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) will be highlighting the many roles apprentices play in supporting a strong economy and building a stronger BC, as well as opportunities for people to start a career in the skilled trades.
There are many career opportunities in skilled trades. The ITA is raising awareness of the different career paths with Find Your Trade, which showcases more than 100 trades programs and career options, a quiz to find your trade and live webinars to give prospective apprentices opportunities to learn more about trades first-hand.
WorkBC.ca is launching a new Career Education Resources microsite created specifically for BC educators. Linking WorkBC resources to the Ministry of Education’s career education curriculum, the new section of WorkBC.ca features lesson plans that showcase labour-market information, career discovery tools and interactive activities to encourage students to pursue various careers, including those in the skilled trades.
B.C. has seen a steady increase in the number of people entering skilled trades professions and has a focus on encouraging women and Indigenous Peoples to enter the trades. Having a strong apprenticeship system in the province is crucial to B.C.’s economy.