The Industry Training Authority (ITA) in the province of BC currently recognizes and supports two streams for welder training, Modular and Apprenticeship.
The Modular stream is for welders who do not have an employer sponsor and consists of the Foundation program (28 wks), the Welder B program (16 wks) and the Welder A program (8 wks).
The Apprenticeship stream is for those who are indentured by an employer sponsor. The apprenticeship consists of Levels 1, 2 and 3 technical training and a fourth level called Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW).
The Youth Train in Trades program was formerly known as Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT). It is designed to help secondary school students get a head start on careers in the trades while earning credit towards their high school graduation. Learn more online at Industry Training Authority.
The annual BC Skills Competition puts students to the test where they match their skills and knowledge to compete with others across the province. Two Selkirk College Welder Foundation Program students flew the flag proudly in Cranbrook and returned to the West Kootenay with medals.
The first group of students to test out the future of the Silver King Campus got busy in the freshly completed welding shop which is the first learning area to be complete in the project that will transform the half-century old campus into a modern learning environment.
The pace of the Selkirk College Silver King Campus renewal project has picked up in the last month and it's heading into full steam ahead. With more hands needed to get the job done, general contractor Yellowridge Construction is finding help in the shops that are currently undergoing a transformation.
What Students Say
To be a female tradesperson you always have to be on top of your game. If I hadn’t attended Selkirk, my point of view as an artist and my practical skill level would be entirely different.
Kate Tupper, C-Level Welding, Industry and Trades Program 2004 Graduate. Owner, Spark Tart Design, Kootenays, BC.