The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) was launched by the BC Construction Association in 2006, and focuses on finding motivated, trained, and ready-to-work candidates for construction employers with jobs to fill. STEP starts with the job, then finds candidates that are a great fit. By connecting BC employers to entry-level workers and new apprentices, they help build skills, careers and opportunities. The ITA funds STEP services across BC for eligible Aboriginals, Women, Immigrants, and other BC residents facing barriers to entering the trades. See program description below.
The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) works with 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 ITA Apprenticeship registration.
STEP works with eligible participants who have some technical knowledge (through exploration or Foundation training), who are unable to successfully connect with employers on their own, AND also works with eligible participants who are untrained, lack job search and interview skills, and need assistance to identify and remove barriers to employment.
STEP supports the recruitment needs of their wide network of construction sector employers, including recruiting for available opportunities, identifying eligible participant candidates, and creating connections between employers and program participants.