The UA Piping Industry College of BC (UAPICBC) is an ITA designated trainer and is fully accredited. Through their 3 campuses (Delta, Fort St. John, Terrace) they offer Foundation and Apprenticeship training and upgrading course in Plumbing, Sprinkerfitting, Steamfitting and Welding as well as other related courses and certification testing. UAPICBC has modern facilities, with state of the art equipment and tools, and their instructors are highly skilled and experienced journeypersons. The ITA funds UAPICBC trades training services in 3 regions of BC for eligible Aboriginals, Women, Immigrants, Youth and other BC residents facing barriers to entering the trades. See program description below.
UAPICBC delivers supportive training programs focussed on apprenticeships in the piping and other in-demand construction trades to increase the skill level and employability of our participants. Participants will be offered the following services/training:
Assessment and Action Plan – Participants are invited to an information session where they will be interviewed and assessed (oral and written assessments) on their suitability to enter the construction trades and to determine if they have the academic pre-requisites necessary to pursue a Red Seal trade. Training and/or upgrading options (action plan) are presented to the participants depending on the assessment results. Training will be scheduled and co-ordinated at UAPICBC facilities for those wanting to pursue a career in the piping trades (Welding, Plumbing, Steamfitting, Sprinklerfiitting). Opportunities may be available in other construction trades, where participants can be referred to the training facilities of one of our construction trades training partners.
Depending on the action plan, participants are referred to upgrading (academic, if required) or into one of the following programs:
- Aboriginal Opportunities for Trades Upgrading (AOTU)
- Introduction to Construction
- Foundation training in Piping, Welding or other Construction trades
- Apprenticeship Training in Piping or other Construction trades
Essential Skills and Job Skills training are incorporated into all UAPICBC programs. This includes communication skills, document use, numeracy, teamwork, conflict resolution and time management, resume writing and interview skills. At the end of each program, the student’s progress and action plan will be reviewed and recommendations/referrals will be made as to next steps in achieving the student’s overall training goal.
UAPICBC offers students various supports during training that may include: tuition, daycare subsidies, transportation allowances, on-site lunches. In addition, mentoring and coaching is offered throughout the student’s training and the student’s progress is tracked and documented, ensuring continuation and successful outcomes. At several key points student’s action plans are revisited and reviewed to ensure that goals are being met and continue to be achievable.