Youth Trade Builders

About Trade Builders Program

The Youth Trade Builder is a FREE program funded by the Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills which is intended to increase the labour force participation of young adults aged 16-29, who are generally employment-ready. The Program is designed to support Participants over the weeks by exploring different programs, taking assessments, and ultimately choosing a career path in developing and implementing an Occupational Training Plan and successfully completing the training and certification required to attain meaningful, sustainable employment or training.

The project is accessible by participants from across the Greater Vancouver area including Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), Ridge-Meadows, and Richmond and open to all youth in BC.


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  • Trades Career Exploration Training
  • Occupational Specific Training & Personalized Step-by-step Training Plan
  • Employment Readiness Training
  • Short-Term Skills Training
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset Training
  • Wrap-Around Supports
  • Financial Supports
  • Other Support

Program Benefits

Trade Courses
  • 5Plumbing
  • 5Sprinkler Fitting/Stream Fitting
  • 5Electrician
  • 5Welding
  • 5HVAC
  • 5Machinist
  • 5Carpentry
  • 5Auto Body and Collision Technician
  • 5Hairstylist
  • 5Baker/Cook
  • 5Home Inspection/Builder
  • 5Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • ZTuition/Training funding for approved courses
  • ZDaily Allowance for the duration of the workshop
  • ZSome funding available for tools and supplies related to your training or employment
  • ZOFA: Occupational First Aid Level 1 with CPR
  • ZWHIMS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

The program starts with Pre-Employment workshops which will be ONLINE then participants will receive an industry-specific training of their choice from either BCIT/KPU or another BC Institution for any Approved Courses

*Please note: All Trades will be covered*

Eligibility Criteria

Immigration Status + Current resident of BC

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Refugee with Court Notice of Decision

Employment Status

  • Unemployed
  • Precariously employed


  • Be aged between 16 and 29


  • Not in full-time school

*1 item from each category must be met to be eligible

Contact Information

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Funded By

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