Foundation or Apprenticeship? How to Apply


Foundation programs (formerly known as Trade Entry or pre-apprenticeship) provide entry-level knowledge and skills needed for entry into a trade, for students who are not currently working as an apprentice in the industry. You will gain some experience and familiarity with the trade to make it easier to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship. Foundation programs provide an entry point where you can earn credit for one or two levels of technical training and work-based hours towards your apprenticeship without the need for an employer.

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Apprenticeship programs are for trades workers who are working in the trade and actively registered with SkilledTradesBC as an apprentice with an apprenticeship number. The apprenticeship program involves a combination of work-based training and technical training leading to a provincial and/or national industry training credential. Apprenticeship programs vary in length, though most take about four years to complete. Upon completion of the required training and work-based hour requirements, students will have the opportunity to write the interprovincial Red Seal exam, which is the certification/endorsement for most trades.

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