Women in Trades Training Programs

SkilledTradesBC sponsors a number of community service providers, training providers, and Indigenous communities across BC to deliver trades training and employment programs focused to meeting the needs of vulnerable and under-represented groups in trades occupations, including Women, Indigenous people, and other Equity Seeking groups through funds from the Government of Canada and British Columbia. The programs provide a range of individualized and group services and supports, hands-on trades exploration training, entry level (pre-apprenticeship) technical training, industry certification training, mentorship, job coaching and employment placement services. 

Below is a brief description of each sponsored program.  Please contact the service providers directly to learn more about the programs, the supports and services offered, and eligibility as they may vary between programs.

For more information see Frequently Asked Questions


 BC Construction Association Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)

As STEP works with construction industry employers and eligible participants to fill available jobs across BC, this program supports participants in each Region of the province to secure trades related employment by aligning their interest, aptitude and abilities to available job openings in construction occupations that offer advancement to high skilled trade occupations and SkilledTradesBC Apprenticeship registration.

Region: Province Wide
Website: www.stepbc.ca
Phone: 1-833-567-STEP
Contact: www.stepbc.ca/contact


BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT)

This program can provide skills training and employment opportunities and a network of supporters on your journey in the trades. Services may include: Preemployment coaching, including mentorship and networking; Skills training (with partners); Employment placement; Participant financial supports; Employment experience supports.

Region: Province Wide
Phone: 604-812-6660
Contact: info@bccwitt.ca
Website: https://bccwitt.ca/whatwedo/careers/


Camosun College/Vancouver Island University Women in Trades Training

Trades introductory program that includes life skills, essential skills, academic assessment, and industry recognized certifications. Camosun and VIU will provide 12-week trades’ exploration program, Foundation technical training and employment transition supports including Job Coach and Apprenticeship employment outcomes for high demand trades occupations.

Region: Vancouver Island - Victoria
Website: www.camosun.ca/witt
Phone: 250-370-4030
Email: TDSP@camosun.ca

Region: Vancouver Island - Cowichan, Nanaimo & Powell River
Website: www.viu.ca/witt
Phone: 250-748-4529 ext. 3705
Email: Amanda.aust@viu.ca

Okanagan College

This program offers the opportunity to explore various trades through a 12-week Gateway to the Building Trades for Women program delivered across 4 Okanagan College campuses. Participants will then have the opportunity to ladder into Trades Foundation technical training programs.

Region: Thompson Okanagan - Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm - Revelstoke
Website: www.okanagan.bc.ca
Phone: 1:877-755-2266 ext.4825
Email: wtti@okanagan.bc.ca

 Thompson Rivers University (EmpowerHER: Attract, Recruit, Retain Women in Trades Training)

The EmpowerHER program offers the opportunity for you to be introduced to mechanical and construction trades through a Women’s Weekend Camp and a Women in Trades Training Exploratory program. This program also offers an opportunity to complete a trades foundation program. Connections and Careers in Trades. Employment services and supports available.

Region: Thompson-Okanagan – Kamloops
Website: www.tru.ca
Phone: 250-371-5658
Email: witt@tru.ca