Celebrating the trades in B.C. all month long

November 2019 is the first Apprenticeship Recognition Month in British Columbia; previously, it was celebrated as Apprenticeship Week.

When an aircraft engine needs repairing, no art historians are asked to weigh in.

When a new bridge needs to be constructed, a sociologist is never consulted.

It’s funny ‘cause it’s true! Now, we love art historians and sociologists, but our communities and economy wouldn’t be what they are without the many skilled trades professionals in B.C.

Throughout November as part of Apprenticeship Recognition Month, ITA is highlighting the importance of trades careers in B.C. with its awareness campaign, #ApprenticeNow. Aimed at showing the real-world value that skilled trades bring to B.C., ITA's showing appreciation of the many trades professionals in this province with a tongue-in-cheek social media campaign.

We want everyone to join us in celebrating the trades, so we’ve also launched a contest – with a $500 prize! #TalkTrades is a chance for you and those in your network to highlight the great work in trades in our province, and to become part of a wider conversation with your community and shareholders.

We’re challenging all skilled trades professionals in B.C. – journeypersons and apprentices – to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t have a trades career about the valued and great opportunities in our province.

To enter #TalkTrades:

  1. Tag @ita_bc (on Twitter and Instagram) or @IndustryTrainingAuthority (on Facebook).
  2. Tag the person you’ve spoken with.
  3. Tell us about the conversation and include the hashtag #TalkTrades.

We’ll enter both you and the other person in a draw for a $500 Visa gift card each. One entry per person, per social media channel.

In past years, ITA celebrated apprentices and the people that support their success during Apprenticeship Week. This year, the Government of British Columbia has proclaimed this November Apprenticeship Recognition Month - the first in B.C.!

B.C. has seen a continued increase of people entering skilled trades professions and ITA is actively working to help more people enter apprenticeships and get their certification. Did you know that B.C. is home to over 100 trades and there are nearly 39,000 apprenticeships? ITA expects to fund over 21,000 apprenticeship training seats this year at public and private institutions and since 2018, ITA has signed eight MOUs with Indigenous organizations across the province. These partnerships will help increase training and employment opportunities in many communities, making it easier for people to reach their potential without having to leave their hometown. It’s an exciting time for trades in B.C.!

A thriving apprenticeship system plays a pivotal role in B.C.’s economy and communities large and small. The value of a career in the trades to the province and people of B.C. cannot be underestimated. An apprenticeship in a skilled trade is the beginning of an exciting and long-lasting career path. What’s especially great about becoming a skilled tradesperson is that you can give back by taking on apprentices and help the next generation of tradespeople learn and grow in their chosen profession.

Please join in this month to help raise the profile of trades in B.C. Now’s your chance to show your appreciation of your fellow tradesperson by sharing the #ApprenticeNow social media campaign and entering the #TalkTrades contest.

Interested in becoming an Apprentice?

Do you know an apprentice or employer champion?

The Champions of Apprenticeship are recognized for their outstanding achievements in BC apprenticeship system. These Champions are celebrated for their hard work in creating certified tradesworkers, supporting their industry and promoting apprenticeship. Do you know an outstanding employer sponsor or apprentice? Send us an email and nominate them to become a Champion of Apprenticeship!