Build a strong future with a career in the trades. Learn from industry experts and benefit from small class sizes, hands-on learning in renovated facilities and the opportunity to make connections in fast-growing industries.
Business in the trades is booming, so you’ll likely have your pick of jobs—locally and beyond.
Without taking my carpentry apprenticeship at Selkirk College, I wouldn’t have had the theory or practical knowledge to start my own carpentry business. Memorable highlights from my time at Selkirk include the conversations with instructors about their experiences as carpenters.
Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 1 to 4
Selkirk College is endorsed by Skilled Trades BC to deliver all four levels of Carpentry Apprenticeship Technical Training to registered carpentry apprentices. Each level of training consists of a full-time (30 hours per week), seven-week, on-campus program of study. Activities include classroom sessions where as an apprentice you will learn theoretical principles of carpentry, and shop sessions where knowledge is put to use in the mastery of practical skills.
Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. Theoretical principles of construction are learned in the classroom, while the majority of the time is spent in the shop where students learn and gain mastery of practical carpentry skills. Early activities include the fabrication of small projects where students learn safe practices, proper tool use and fundamental construction techniques.
Electrical - Apprenticeship Levels 1 to 4
Selkirk College is endorsed by Skilled Trades BC to deliver all four levels of Construction Electrical Apprenticeship Technical Training as well as levels 1, 2 and 3 of Industrial Electrical Apprenticeship Technical Training to registered electrical apprentices. Each level of training consists of a full-time, ten-week, on-campus program of study.
The program teaches aspects of residential, commercial and industrial wiring with a focus on residential. The curriculum follows the Skilled Trades BC, BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development guidelines for the first year of the "in class" component of the electrical apprenticeship, which includes installation of electrical equipment in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
In our supportive and creative environment, you’ll have unique opportunities to gain a solid foundation in this refined profession. We’ll teach you woodworking-operations basics and technological advancements to develop your personal areas of interest and perfect your craft. This nine-month program prepares students for apprenticeship positions in the cabinet makers (joiners) trade or for careers as fine furniture builders.
Hairstylist - Apprenticeship Level 2
Current Hairstylists and students who successfully complete the Foundation Program now have the opportunity to become Red Seal Certified. This would require 150 hours of Level 2 designated training, an employer sponsor and passing the Interprovincial Red Seal exams both written and practical. Next Intake Date: May 27, 2024 to June 27, 2024.
Our Hairstylist Foundation Program uses highly experienced, supportive instructors to develop an intimate learning environment that teaches the required classroom theory and hands-on training.
Heavy Mechanical Foundation
This nine-month program prepares students for entry level positions as apprentices in four trades: Truck and Transport Mechanic, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician and Heavy Duty Equipment Technician.
Metal Fabricator Foundation
Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. They learn theoretical principals of the trade in the classroom and then apply their knowledge in the shop where they master the skills employed in the fabrication of steel structures, vessels, containers and equipment.
Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. They learn principles of both trades in the classroom and then apply their knowledge in the shop where they fabricate, install and maintain industrial tools, machines and equipment to exacting standards of precision.
Multi-Process Alloy Welding - Certificate
Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW) is a 5 week program that covers material similar to Welder A. Upon successful completion of the MPAW program and a further 900 hours of work-place hours Welders earn the MPAW endorsement and an MPAW Stamp will be placed in their logbook by the ITA.
Program Overview This 24-week program (18 weeks on-campus + 6 week practicum) prepares you for entry level positions as a plant operator. You'll gain knowledge and develop the skills required to operate, monitor and troubleshoot control equipment and processing units found in most industrial settings. You'll learn about industrial plant functionality and gain a critical understanding of plant systems, process fundamentals, and plant operations.
Welding - Apprenticeship Level 1 - 3
Graduates of the Welder Foundation program earn advance credit for Levels 1 and 2 of the Technical Training component of the Welder Apprenticeship. Additionally, they earn 300 hours credit towards the Workplace-Based Training component of their apprenticeship. After completion of the program, it’s recommended that students gain another 2,700 hours of hands-on field experience before returning to school for Level 3 Technical Training.
Skilled Trades 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 weeks), the Welder B program (16 weeks) and the Welder A program (8 weeks). Welder Foundation
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