Supports and Resources

BC Jobs Plan
Check out the tools and resources for employers in the BC Jobs Plan.

The Apprenticeship Toolkit - A Guide for Navigating the BC Apprenticeship System
The Resource Training Organization has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help employers and apprentices navigate BC's apprenticeship system. It includes tools and tips for getting started, providing work-based training, monitoring/tracking progress, technical training and obtaining trade certification. See:

Aboriginal Construction Career Awareness, Recruitment and Retention
This how-to guide from the Construction Sector Council leads employers through a series of actions for setting up a successful Aboriginal Employment Initiative. It provides models and practical steps to connect construction industry employers with Aboriginal people who want to pursue a construction career.

Construction Industry Mentoring Program
The Construction Sector Council has a downloadable Mentorship Program to help construction industry employers develop and implement a successful mentoring program for their workers. It incorporates best practices and includes a wide range of information/resources.

One-Stop Shopping for Technical Training in BC
Apprentices can use to find out what technical training is available in their trade and level at all ITA-approved training providers in BC, and when the training is taking place. Complete information is provided about the training requirements, content, prerequisites, contacts and more.

TradeLinks Resources for Canadian Tradespeople provides a wide array of information and resources for students, apprentices and tradespeople.

Apprenticeship Programs and Training Schedules for BC Public Training Institutions provides access to apprenticeship programs and training schedules for 16 public training institutions. For a complete list of ITA-approved public and private training institutions, click here.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
Best Practices for Employers, Apprentices and Journeypersons is a downloadable guide from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) on best practices for employers, apprentices and journeypersons.

New Tools for Employers
CAF has compiled information and important findings from its most recent reports to create a series of one-pagers that provide tips, top five insights and more. Targeting some of the most pressing challenges and frequently asked questions, the seven new tools are now available for download:

  • Retaining your Best People
  • Recruiting Tomorrow's Workers Today
  • Hiring Top Talent
  • Building a Better Workforce
  • Meeting Business Needs
  • Earning Return on Training Investment
  • Finding Resources Online

More tools are available at

Health and Safety Resources for Apprenticeship Programs
This WorkSafeBC portal has the most up-to-date health and safety resources aligned to the Industry Training Authority curriculum for BC apprenticeship programs. It includes videos and information on a wide range of trades-related health and safety topics. These highly valuable resources can be incorporated into an employer's work-based training program. Currently, the Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Electrician Plumbing and Professional Cook trades are represented on the site.

This site provides information to help understand the economy, labour market trends and labour market projection

BC Job Trend Tracker delivers forecasts on regional and provincial labour market needs, including information like job demand, labour supply and employment rates and information on BC careers through 2020. Click here

The Build-a-Career Smartphone app explores more than 500 BC occupations, with regional job information, high-demand occupations, a map function to find local employment services and a career suitability quiz whose results can be shared by email or social media. The app is available for Android, iPhone and Blackberry and in web and iPad versions. Click here.