Trade Builders Program

Attain Meaningful, Sustainable Employment through Skills Training

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.

Program Eligibility:

  • Be aged between 16 and 29
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, Convention Refugee or Permanent Resident
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Not in full-time school

Key Features:

  • 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

Trades Courses:

  • Plumbing
  • Sprinkler Fitting/Stream Fitting
  • Electrician
  • Welding
  •  HVAC
  • Machinist
  • Carpentry
  • Auto Body and Collision Technician
  • Baker/Cook
  • Hairstylist
  • Home Inspection/Builder
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician

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*

In this program, We give:

  • Tuition/Training funding for approved courses
  • Daily Allowance for the duration of the workshop
  • Some funding available for tools and supplies related to your training or employment
  • Short-term training certificates including:

a) OFA: Occupational First Aid Level 1 with CPR

b) WHIMS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

c) Many other courses

Also, other wrap-around supports

Get In Touch