Immigrant Public Works Technician Training Project is a 17 week- Project Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT), Participants will receive training from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) as well as work experience in occupational skills related to: public works, working safely, use of tools and equipment, environmental best practices as well as maintaining and repairing roads and sidewalks, water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, building maintenance, parks and recreation facilities and fire protection systems. Essential skills specifically related to public works will be embedded throughout the training along with life skills. Upon completion of the training and work experience, the participants will be registered as provisional public works technicians by ASTTBC and will be supported towards full certification after one year of supervised public works employment that evidences their competency in all core public works competencies as well as in at least one specialty field.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for this opportunity, you must:

  • LINC Level 5 and up
  • Essential Skills Numeracy Level 2
  • Background in Engineering or Technical Industries
  • Referred by a WorkBC Centre with an Action Plan
  • Currently unemployed individuals who have: established a claim for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, or Who have had an EI benefit within the previous 60 months; or Who have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)


  • Workplace Safety Certification
  • Occupational First-Aid Level l
  • Transportation Endorsement Training
  • Road Builders Safety Training Systems
  • Traffic Control Person (TCP/Flagger)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Confined Spaces – Fall Protection –Ladder Safety
  • Excavation, Trenching and shoring Safety excavation


  • $300 weekly allowance
  • 3 weeks Public Works Core Competencies & Essential Skills Training
  • 3 weeks including hands on training and third-party certifications
  • 5 weeks Public Works Training Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • 4 weeks on the job practical training
  • 1 week and job search supports
  • Full work gear is included
  • Registered as a provisional technician upon successful completion of training

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