November 5- 11, 2017 marks Apprenticeship Recognition Week in BC

Homes, hospitals, fine dining, kitchen cabinets, and everything in between – these are the services and products that are provided by skilled tradespeople and apprentices in British Columbia.

November 5-11, 2017 marks Apprenticeship Recognition Week and the 82nd anniversary of formalized trades training in British Columbia. This week is about recognizing the hard-working and talented tradespeople and apprentices who participate in formal apprenticeship training. Upon graduation, they build up their communities by learning, offering and teaching a trade at the highest standard of quality.

“Apprenticeship Recognition Week is a great way to give a shout out to all our trades students. These are the people who are creating, innovating, repairing and maintaining to build a better British Columbia for us all. Keep on shining and reaching for the stars," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training .

This year alone there are over 35,000 adult apprentices, over 4,000 youth program participants, and over 4,000 foundation students in British Columbia. From arborists to heavy duty mechanics to welders, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and post-secondary institutions in B.C. offer aspiring tradespeople more than 100 trades programs from which to choose.

“ITA is proud to manage and support apprenticeship training in B.C. because it gives British Columbians the paid, hands-on experience they need to hit the ground running and secure a good-paying job. ITA will continue to ensure that British Columbians are equipped with the right skills for the job opportunities of today and tomorrow, said Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority.

Over an average of four years, an apprentice will spend 20% of their time in classroom based technical training, and 80% of their time getting paid on-the-job experience with an employer sponsor. After completing apprenticeship training and exams, an apprentice joins the workforce as a “ticketed” tradesperson.

“An apprenticeship offered me recognizable skills, industry certifications and secure employment for years to come. As an employer, I know apprentices have the knowledge and training to succeed in my business, said James Leard, landscape horticulture apprenticeship graduate, North Island College.

This is a week to recognize the vital contributions apprentices make to the future of trades, to our economy, and to the workforce of British Columbia. Today’s apprentices are tomorrow’s skilled tradespeople who will be building B.C.’s highways, schools and hospitals.

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