An apprenticeship is a great ways to learn a skill

Apprenticeships are structured to promote learning through on-the-job work experience, formal training, and mentorship.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

Apprentices vary in length, but they usually take about 3 to 4 years to finish. During this time the apprentice divide his or her time between paid work on real construction sites and 6-week periods of training at an accrediated facility.

What is a Red Seal? And why would I want to get one?

The Red Seal is a symbol of excellence in the skilled trades. Established in the 1990s as a way for journeypeople to have a nationally recognized training certification, the Red Seal is now widely recognized as being trained to the top of your profession and would be able to work anywhere in Canada for top rates. The Red Seal is respected all over North America.

Learn more about the Red Seal at the FTI BC.

What is a Certificate of Apprenticeship?

The Certificate of Apprenticeship rewards the time an apprentice spent learning a trade in an accrediated training facility.

If a person has been in a trade for a number of years and choses to successfully challenge the Red Seal exam, he or she would receive a Red Seal but not a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

What kind of funding is available for apprentices?

Apprentices may be eligible for a variety of bursaries, grants and tax credits from the provincial and federal governments up to $4,000. Learn more about grant opportunities.