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First-Year Apprentice Drywall 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 skilled drywall finisher could involve construction of interior spaces for industrial, commercial, institutional, or residential construction projects. Drywall finishers often work alongside carpenters, painters, and interior systems professionals, completing tasks related to measuring, cutting, and hanging drywall and a variety of wall materials, as well as applying decorative plaster or concrete finishes. After the drywall is applied, drywall finishers will apply paper or fibreglass tape over the joints between pieces of drywall. As a result, drywall finishers are also referred to as installers/finishers, finisher/tapers, or mudder/tapers.

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

  • Performing physical labour related to site setup, surface prep, receiving materials, and cleaning
  • Accurately measuring, cutting, and levelling framing materials, wall, and ceiling panels and insulation
  • Cutting and installing metal corner beads to protect exterior corners
  • Filling joints, nail indentations, holes, and cracks with joint compound
  • Performing sanding tasks involving prolonged dust exposure and use of a respirator
  • Learning best practices for site safety and hazard prevention
  • Working from heights such as scaffolding, scissor lifts, and ladders
  • Maintaining and operating hand and power tools including sanders, saws, laser levels, compressors, mixers, and taping machines
About You

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

To succeed as a first-year apprentice drywall 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
  • Enjoy working on your feet all day, often from heights
  • 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 performing physical labour, heavy lifting, and lifting overhead
  • Familiarity with reading a tape measure, using a level, and identifying wall and ceiling board products
  • Occupational First Aid training, Fall Safe, or SiteReadyBC certification
  • High school diploma and/or Level 1 Training from an ITA BC recognized post-secondary institution
  • 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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