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 Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) trade certification. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!
A typical day as a heavy equipment operator involves operating various large construction equipment. In BC, heavy equipment operators can obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) as a heavy equipment operator with an endorsement for specific equipment. The endorsement is issued based on hours completed working in the machine as an apprentice.
A heavy equipment operator (backhoe/loader/articulated haul truck) operates various large construction equipment. Heavy equipment operators could work on commercial or residential new construction or renovation projects, or civil infrastructure projects. Loaders, backhoes and articulated haul trucks move and load earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities, including clean-up operations. They also maintain winter roads and move, load and unload cargo.
Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:
BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice heavy equipment operator (backhoe/loader/articulated haul truck). The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a heavy equipment operator (backhoe/loader/articulated haul truck) and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.
To succeed as a first-year apprentice heavy equipment operator, you:
Other qualifications can include (but are not required):
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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