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Foundation training programs provide trainees with the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a particular occupation. They are typically conducted in a classroom or shop setting, and do not involve any significant work-based training component. As a result, trainees do not require an employer/sponsor to participate.
Full time Foundation programs can vary from 13 weeks to 10 months in duration. Students usually receive credit for the first level (most trades have four levels) of apprenticeship training in the specific field by the Industry Training Authority. Completion of a foundation program will provide successful students with the relevant skills to be employable within their industry. Also, with agreement from their employer, they will have the ability to pursue an apprenticeship.
A student who completes a Foundation program is highly sought after by employers as the student has attained the necessary skills to be immediately productive on the work site. Students may also apply the credits earned from the Foundation program for entrance into another program, depending upon the institution’s requirements and the particular program area of study.
To find Foundation training programs available at BC's public post-secondary institutions in your chosen trade, click here.