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First-Year Apprentice Cabinet Maker

  • Building the life you want starts with acquiring skills that are in demand.
  • As a Red Seal tradesperson, career potential is unlimited. 
  • It all starts with apprenticeship; a unique opportunity to earn and learn while building your career.

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) Apprenticeship Services is launching a major industry-wide drive supporting small and medium construction employers to hire and register first-year apprentices.

This province-wide recruitment drive is administered by BCCA as part of the BCCA Apprentices Services campaign.  BCCA is launching a 22-month campaign funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service to enable small and medium-sized employers in BC’s construction industry to hire and register first-year apprentices. As part of the service to employers, BCCA will build a pool of qualified jobseekers, provide culture training via its Builders Code program, and mentorship support through its new Building Builders initiative. Additional apprenticeship supports, advice, and resources will also be made available to successful job applicants.

About the Opportunity

British Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) trade certification and Red Seal endorsement. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!

A typical day as a cabinet maker (also called a joiner in BC) could include working in a shop environment, or in the field installing products. A cabinet maker (joiner) builds, repairs, finishes, and installs residential and commercial cabinets, wooden furniture, and architectural millwork. The products you manufacture can be either production or custom-made. 

Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:

  • Selecting materials for specific properties and projects, including wood, composites, laminates, adhesives, and sealants
  • Applying drafting practices and layout techniques
  • Assembling cabinets, furniture, and millwork and preparing them for shipping
  • Preparing wood surfaces for finishing and completing the polishing 
  • Sanding, cutting, drilling, sawing with power tools, and using hand tools to assemble, finish, and install items
  • Using woodworking machines such as the radial-arm saw, jointer planer, and lathe
  • Working according to Worksafe BC Standards, applying Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, and donning Personal Protective Equipment
About You

BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice cabinet maker (joiner). The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal cabinet maker (joiner)  and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.

To succeed as a first-year apprentice cabinet maker (joiner), you: 

  • Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions well 
  • Have good dexterity and like to work with your hands
  • Enjoy working indoors or outdoors in all seasons 
  • Like to solve problems and build solutions
  • Are physically fit with stamina for manual labour
  • Have experience using hand and power tools
  • Are willing to follow safety guidelines at all times
  • Understand basic math
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Are in good physical condition with good endurance

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

  • Hands-on experience in woodworking/finishing, or building construction
  • Occupational First Aid training or SiteReadyBC certification, WHMIS Certification
  • High school diploma and/or completion of the Cabinetmaker Foundation Program or Level 1 Cabinetmaker Training from an ITA-recognized post-secondary institution in BC
  • Valid BC driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • Prior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonus
The Benefits of Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimise student debt.

For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see ITA BC’s Apprentice Guidebook.

If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!

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