Workforce Development Agreement

Employment Services and Supports Programs

ITA partners with community service providers, training providers, and Indigenous communities across BC to deliver pre-apprenticeship training under the Employment Services and Supports program.  These entry level (pre-apprenticeship) trades exploration, training and employment services are targeted to eligible individuals who are under-represented in the trades (Indigenous, Women, Immigrants, Youth). The programs are also available for other eligible British Columbians facing barriers to entering trades occupations. These services are funded through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA).

The WDA Programs may be right for you if you are eligible and are considering a career in the trades.  Basic eligibility information is below. Please contact the program service providers to review further information and to discuss your eligibility and the program requirements.  Service Providers contact and program information is available by clicking on their logo links below.

Indigenous in Trades Training Programs


Women in Trades Training Programs


General Programs - Indigenous, Immigrants, Women and other eligible BC residents

Basic Funding Eligibility

The WDA Programs may be right for you if you are:
  • ​Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Not a full-time student (not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training)
  • Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program, and 
  • whose employment status is:
    1. Unemployed, or working less than 20 hours per week, or
    2. Precariously Employed – meaning an individual who does not meet the definition of Unemployed, but who:
      1. is working in unstable or unsustainable employment (including self-employment) as evidenced by:
        1. unreliable remuneration (such as piece-work or commission); and/or
        2. irregular hours of work (such as casual labour or on-call work);     
        3. earnings that cannot support an individual or their family; or
      2. is working, but has a total employment (including self-employment) income that is below the market basket measures set out by Statistics Canada (speak to program service provider for further details) or refer to;
      3. is working in an industry or occupation that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future;
      4. is working in an occupation or profession that is clearly lower than their skills or qualifications and that provides no imminent prospect of advancement; or has Just Cause for leaving their current employment (speak to program service provider for further details regarding Just Cause).