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. 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 SkilledTradesBC 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 (excavator) operates various large construction equipment. Excavator operators move, lift, strip, stockpile, and place materials to create slopes, clear land at logging and surface mining sites, and perform demolitions.
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 (excavator). The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a heavy equipment operator (excavator) and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.
To succeed as a first-year apprentice heavy equipment operator (excavator), 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 minimize student debt.
For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see SkilledTradesBC’s Apprentice Guidebook.
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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