Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
The Industry Training Authority is the provincial government agency responsible for apprenticeships and industry training programs in B.C. The ITA is working to support existing apprenticeship options, and to identify new training approaches. This is leading to a training system that expands opportunities for British Columbians, and better meets industry and labour market needs.
On this site you will find general information with links to specific sections of the Industry Training Authority’s website.
Apprenticeship is paid, work-based training combined with post-secondary education. Apprentices spend about 80 per cent of their time learning skills on the job (under the direction of a highly skilled journeyperson) and about 20 per cent of their time learning in a classroom setting. To learn more about apprenticeship, go to the apprenticeship section of the Industry Training Authority website.
Secondary School Apprenticeship is a career program that lets students start their apprenticeships while still in high school, and earn high school credits for doing so. To learn more about the Secondary School Apprenticeship program, go to the secondary school apprenticeship section of the Industry Training Authority website.
When you successfully complete your apprenticeship in B.C. you will earn your certificate of apprenticeship, and (if applicable) your interprovincial or Red Seal endorsement. Having your certification or ticket identifies you as a skilled worker who has demonstrated defined abilities, and will enhance your career options. To learn more about B.C. credentials and certification, go to the apprentices section of the Industry Training Authority website.
The ACE IT program allows high school students to earn credit towards their high school graduation as well as credit towards the technical training component of an apprenticeship or industry training program. To learn more about ACE IT, go to the ACE IT section of the Industry Training Authority website.