Acquiring an Apprenticeship Part 1

On-the-job training is a critical part of your learning and one of the most rewarding aspects of apprenticeship. Finding an employer who is willing to mentor and sponsor you will be one of the biggest challenges you face, but there are steps you can take to increase your chances of landing and keeping a job.

These organizations can help you find a employer sponsor:


WorkBC Centre at Hecate Strait Employment Development Society, located behind the Court House at 125 Market Place, has a daily updated job board and can also help with your resume or the interview process. You can also call for an appointment with a an employment counsellor at (250) 624-9498.

WorkBC’s Apprenticeship Job Match will help you to find companies that are looking for apprentices in your trade.

WorkBC’s online Job Board is also a good place to find employment in your trade.


STEP program, created by the BC Construction Association, will help you with your resume, interview, connect with employers, offers mentoring, assistance with ITA registration, financial help for tools and work clothing and more. Call (250) 624-6881 to make an appointment or visit their office at #2 – 437 3rd Avenue West.

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The ITA’s Apprenticeship Advisors serve as an extension of the ITA Customer Support team, with the primary responsibility of providing regional support to apprentices and sponsors, creating a positive impact on continuation and completion rates for apprentices in local communities. They are great resources and can help you in your search for a sponsor in different ways. For the Northwest, the Apprenticeship Advisor is Sebastien Paquet, and you can contact him by email at or by phone at 250.975.0569.

These local and provincial Board of Trades place their members with different companies and diverse major projects:

CMAW Local Union 1735
(Construction Prince Rupert)
(250) 624-5617
869 Fraser Street
Prince Rupert, BC
V8J 1R1

IBEW 993
873 Desmond Street
Kamloops BC
V2B 5K3
Phone: (250) 376-8755
Toll Free: 1-877-443-3336
Terrace Centre of Excellence
4614 Lazelle Ave
Terrace, BC, Canada

ILWU Local 505
(250) 624-3558
847 1st Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC
V8J 1B3

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Pile Drivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock and Wharf Builders Local 2404 Western Canada
#101 – 580 Ebury Place
Delta, B.C.
V3M 6M8

Local industries who can provide you career opportunities:

(250) 624 9511
P.O. Bag 8000
Prince Rupert, BC
V8J 4H3

(403) 691-7575
1700, 355 4 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0J1

(604) 270-9613
350 – 3600 Lysander Lane
Richmond, BC
V7B 1C3

250-624-2124 ext. 2333
3100 Scott Road
Prince Rupert, BC
V8J 3P4

247 First Ave East
Prince Rupert, BC
V8J 1A7