Indigenous People in Trades Training Programs

ITA sponsors a number of community service providers, training providers, and Indigenous communities across BC to deliver trades training and employment programs focused to meeting the needs of vulnerable and under-represented groups in trades occupations, including Women, Indigenous people, and other Equity Seeking groups through funds from the Government of Canada and British Columbia. The programs provide a range of individualized and group services and supports, hands-on trades exploration training, entry level (pre-apprenticeship) technical training, industry certification training, mentorship, job coaching and employment placement services. 

Below is a brief description of each sponsored program.  Please contact the service providers directly to learn more about the programs, the supports and services offered, and eligibility as they may vary between programs.

For more information see Frequently Asked Questions

Indigenous women may be interested in programs offered through our Women in Trades Training programs.  Information about those programs can be found here. 

ACCESS Trades Alternate Pathway to Electrical​

A 23-week program offering 8 weeks of essential skills upgrading and 15 weeks of the Pre-apprenticeship program. Upon successful completion of this program, participants may have the opportunity for employment to continue their apprenticeship.

Region: Mainland/Southwest - Vancouver Area

Camosun College/Vancouver Island University - Indigenous People in Trades Training (IPTT)

An introductory program that includes Indigenous Culture components, life skills, essential skills, academic assessment, and industry recognized certifications. Camosun and VIU will provide 12-week trades exploration program, Foundation technical training and employment transition supports including Job Coach & Apprenticeship employment outcomes for high demand trades occupations.

Region: Vancouver Island - Victoria
Phone: 250-370-4779

Region: Vancouver Island - Cowichan, Nanaimo & Powell River
Phone: 250-748-4529 ext. 3705

 Construction Foundation of BC All Roads: First Nations Trades Training

ALL ROADS works with eligible individuals to identify interests and to line those up with the Nations employment opportunities, chart an individual path to a career in the trades, supported by education, training and employment/apprenticeship opportunities along the way to trades qualification. 

Region: Province wide 

Kitselas First Nation - Kitselas Community-Led Apprenticeship Development (KCAD)

This program consists of orientation (introduction to Kitselas, Indigenous cultural competency, safety, apprenticeships, unions, current labour markets), essential skills training, community project, industry certifications and job-readiness training (pre-employment counselling/coaching, professionalization,
resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, job search assistance, and job applications).

Region: North Coast & Nechako - Terrace and Kitselas First Nation
David Hansen
Phone: 250-641-3678

Prince George Nechako Aboriginal & Employment Training Association Trades Access Program – Indigenous Youth & Women in Trades 

Program provides participants with streamlined training and basic building blocks for success in the trades: personalized assessments & action plan development, essential skills training, financial literacy, computer skills and employability skills, followed by either direct employment in trades or entry into the technical trades-based foundation training.

Regions: Cariboo, North Coast & Nechako
Program Contact: Coral Henry
Contact Info:
250-561-1199 ext. 238

Squamish Nation Trades Training Centre

This 12-week Introductory Construction Training program provides Indigenous women opportunity to explore Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Finishing Trades, and General Construction Training. This includes Culture and Essential Skills Training, Safety Certificates, job readiness support, resume writing assistance and paid work practicum. 

Region: Lower Mainland - North Vancouver
Phone: 604-980-7946

 Thompson Rivers University Careers in Construction Trades

The Careers in Construction Trades program offers Essential Skills upgrading, Introduction to Construction Craft Worker program, Trades Sampler program, Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Construction Foundation, Workplace certifications and Life Skills which include pre-employment strategies.


Region: Thompson Okanagan - Kamloops 
Phone: 250-371-5658 

 Thompson Rivers University Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training

This program offers a Pathways to Heavy Mechanics program and a Heavy Mechanics foundation program. Participants will receive Cultural supports, Workplace Certifications and employment assistance, including job readiness skills.


Region: Cariboo - Williams Lake
Phone: 250-392-8177