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First-Year Apprentice Concrete Finisher

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 concrete finisher could include working on commercial or residential building construction or renovation projects, or civil infrastructure projects. Concrete finishers install, maintain, and restore masonry structures such as foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios, and high-rise buildings. 

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

  • Installing construction, isolation, and expansion joints
  • Directing placement of concrete into forms or surfaces
  • Operating power vibrators in order to compact concrete  
  • Levelling uneven surfaces, laying screed, and utilizing bull floats 
  • Using hardening and sealing components to cure and protect concrete
  • Achieving desired finishes with hand and power tools
  • Working at heights, on scaffolding or on swing stages
  • Preparing surfaces for repair or restoration
  • 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 concrete finisher. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal concrete finisher and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.

To succeed as a first-year apprentice concrete finisher, 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 (climbing, balancing, bending, kneeling, and heavy lifting are required)

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

  • Hands-on experience in working with concrete finishing tools and materials
  • Occupational First Aid training, SiteReadyBC certification, and/or WHMIS training/certification
  • High school diploma and/or completion of the Level 1 Concrete Finisher 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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