Indigenous Peoples in Trades


Meet Indigenous Peoples who are making their mark in the trades with good jobs, good pay, and leadership roles.

Devin Cassidy
Getting hands-on heavy equipment operator experience

Rivers Stonechild
Metal Fabrication. You are never too old to change your career.

Jordan Atlin
Building welding skills.

See more success stories.

SkilledTradesBC is committed to providing equal opportunity to trades training and careers for Indigenous people in British Columbia.  SkilledTradesBC’s Indigenous Initiatives team works closely with Indigenous communities, Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) holders, training providers and employers across B.C. to make trades training accessible to rural and urban communities.

There are several supports and resources available for those interested in exploring or entering trades and employers that are interested in hiring and training Indigenous apprentices.

Apprentice Support

With over 71,000 skilled trades job openings expected in the next 10 years, there's never been a better time for Indigenous people to enter the skilled trades. There are more than 100 trades apprenticeship programs in B.C. to choose from. Below are some resources that can get you started on your trades journey.

Become A Skilled Trades Worker! Information on why pursue a skilled trades career, what an apprenticeship looks like, and how to get started.

Essential Skills – Do you have the skills to be successful in the first two years of technical training? Find out with this free online assessment.

Financial Support – Find out if you’re eligible for grants and/or tax credits as an apprentice.

The SkilledTradesBC Indigenous People in Trades Training initiative is part of a long-term strategy to match Indigenous People's skills to the needs of BC's workplace. SkilledTradesBC's Indigenous People in Trades Training is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement. For more information about the Indigenous People in Trades Training Programs and eligibility, please click here.

Employer Support

One of the best ways to grow your workforce is to hire and train your own apprentices. Below are some resources to ensure you have a successful apprenticeship.

Top Five Reasons To Hire And Train Apprentices – Thinking about hiring your first apprentice? Find out the top five benefits of being an employer sponsor.

Employer’s Guide To Apprenticeship – Overview of where to start when you’re ready to hire an apprentice, what comes after hiring an apprentice, and responsibilities of the employer to ensure the apprenticeship is mutually beneficial for both your apprentice and business.

Financial Support – Take advantage of tax credits for hiring and training apprentices in B.C.

ISET Holders – Indigenous Employment Service Agencies in B.C.

 Indigenous Advisory Council

The Indigenous Advisory Council was established October 2008 to provide input and recommendations to SkilledTradesBC on how to increase participation in skilled trades training amongst Indigenous people across the province.

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