On-the-job Training: Get Ready to Work

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and school. This means you work and earn a salary, and also take some time for classroom learning. An employer must sponsor you as an apprentice, so you must be ready to work for them.

Do you have the basic skills to start?

Before you start your apprenticeship, your employer will expect that you not only have the right attitude and interest in the trade, but also the basic skills necessary to get started.

How do you know if you're ready for on-the-job training? Take SkilledTradesBC's essential skills test to find out if you're ready to work. You will be tested on skills like reading, math, and document use.

Trades Training Assistance

SkilledTradesBC supports everyone interested in on-the-job training through apprenticeship, that’s why we have special programs for people who might face barriers to training and employment, including women, Aboriginal people, new Canadians, and youth.

Build skills employers look for

Gain knowledge and skills needed for your chosen trade in one of our Foundation Programs. These programs cover nearly 40 trades, and count as credit toward your apprentice technical training. Taking a Foundation Program can help you build the skills employers look for when hiring an apprentice.