Media Contacts

Sean Leslie

Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 893-4403

Nicole Adams

Director of Communications
Industry Training Authority
604 364-1039


Facts about apprentices and trades in B.C.
  • This is the first Apprenticeship Recognition Month in British Columbia. It was previously celebrated as Apprenticeship Week.
  • ITA leads and co-ordinates B.C.’s skilled trades system.
  • There are nearly 39,000 apprenticeships:
    • 10% of apprentices are women
    • 8% of apprentices are Indigenous
  • There are more than 6,900 youth trades program participants.
  • B.C. is home to over 100 trades, 51 of which are nationally recognized as Red Seal.
  • ITA expects to fund over 21,000 apprenticeship training seats this year at public and private institutions.
  • Since 2018, ITA has signed eight memoranda of understanding with Indigenous organizations throughout the province to increase training and employment opportunities in their home communities.
  • In November 2019, ITA’s first director of women in trades will support the increase of women in under-represented trades.
  • In 2018-19, the Province invested $3 million in industry-standard training equipment to give trades and tech students the skills they need to succeed.