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First-Year Apprentice Drywall Finisher

Full Time
17 to 22 per year
  • 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.

To learn more about BCCA Apprenticeship Services, click here.

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 SkilledTradesBC 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 a SkilledTradesBC 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 minimize student debt.

The starting hourly rate for first-year apprentices is usually between $17-$22/hour. It is determined by each employer and can vary depending on skills, location, and your experience. As a first-year apprentice new to a trade it is customary to begin at the bottom of the pay range but as you ‘earn and learn’ on the job, your pay will increase as you progress in your apprenticeship.

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

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