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First-Year Apprentice Construction Craft Worker / Labourer

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 construction craft worker (also commonly referred to as a labourer) could include working on construction sites in institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential settings. Construction craft workers are involved in a variety of aspects of building, from setting up materials and equipment to performing demolition and excavation activities.

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

  • Loading and unloading construction materials, and moving them to worksites
  • Erecting and dismantling concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, shoring, and barricades
  • Mixing, pouring, and spreading materials such as concrete and asphalt
  • Assisting tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, concrete finishers, roofers, and glaziers
  • Performing traffic control, excavation, and demolition activities as needed
  • Using hand tools and power tools
  • Conducting utility and pipeline installation and maintenance tasks
  • Installing paving materials and roadwork components
  • Working from ladders and scaffolding, and in confined spaces
  • Managing workplace hazards and applying OHS and WorkSafeBC safety regulations and standards
About You

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

To succeed as a first-year apprentice construction craft worker/labourer, 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
  • Are able to work at heights, over water, or in confined spaces

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

  • Hands-on experience in working with concrete, masonry, or piping materials 
  • Occupational First Aid training, Confined Space training, SiteReadyBC certification, and/or WHMIS training/certification
  • High school diploma and/or completion of the Level 1 Construction Craft Worker 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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