You become an apprentice by finding an employer to sponsor you & registering the apprenticeship with the ITA. If you are in high school you can also start your apprenticeship through a youth (ACE-IT) program. Also consider a foundation program as a means of gaining Level 1 experience for most trades (and entering the workplace).
Please use the contact feature in the schedules to check with the trainer regarding potential waitlists for scheduled intake(s) of interest.
Financial Assistance Options for BC Trades Students
The information presented here are financial aid sources specifically tailored for BC’s Trades students. Further, each member institution of this consortium also has a web page for financial assistance and staff directly responsible for helping Trades students explore possible avenues of financial assistance.
For Employers (of Apprentice Students) - source: BC Gov't
For Apprentices - source: BC Gov't
ITA Financial Assistance general page for Trades students
Main ITA page overviewing Apprenticeship Grants:
From that ITA page, two main types of related Federal Government grants for Apprentices are referenced.
Apprentice Incentive Grant (AIG):
Apprentice Completion Grant (ACG):
Apprentices should take the time to research these grants as the eligibility requirements are basic in nature and tied around completion of levels. From the BC government, BC students that are EI eligible clients in terms of financial need:
The BC provincial Government also has an general student financial assistance web-site over the spectrum of post-secondary education programs. Users may need further assistance in navigating the options from their trainer of choice.
Note that these web sites can be complex to work with, so users with questions are encouraged to visit or contact their trainer’s of choice financial assistance office if possible.
Apprentice Financial Assistance for EI clients taking technical training
Aboriginal Financial Assistance
Many communities have local area band offices that may offer funding opportunities for their Trades students. While we are not listing them in detail here, users can start with this detailed references site - source: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
ITA Women in Trades Training Initiative - source: ITA