A Career in Trades

in demand

Up to 1 million job opportunities

By 2025, there are expected to be up to 1 million job openings in BC — almost half of these jobs require technical or trades training. By starting your trades training early, you’ll have skills you need to land a great job, even before you graduate.

Earn a great salary

There's money in trades

The trades offer competitive wages and room for advancement. Depending on what trade you choose, you can be making over $20 per hour while still in high school. The more experience you get, the more money you can make.

What can I do with my trade?

Live the Life you Want

In trades, you have the freedom to choose a career path that works for you. Learn from the best, grow within a company, or branch out and start your own business.


“There are two types of people in this world. The people who wait for things to happen and the people who make things happen. Be the maker!!”

Star of "Timber Kings" on HGTV, Master Craftsman at Pioneer Log Homes of BC
Joel Roorda, Williams Lake BC

“It’s been a hell of a ride that has let me travel the world doing what I love. ”

Executive Chef at Royal Dinette
Jack Chen, Vancouver BC

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Get a head start

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.