B.C.'s apprenticeship system is recognized worldwide for its curriculum and graduates. Okanagan College provides high-quality instruction. Instructors are experts in their trade and continue to follow the provincial curriculum and the National Occupational Analysis for each trade. They combine traditional classroom instruction with practical hands-on experience in well-equipped shops and labs.
Apprenticeship combines paid on-the-job training, work experience and post-secondary classroom instruction. The majority of an apprentice's time (80 percent) is spent learning skills and gaining experience on the job (under the direction of a highly skilled journeyperson.) Approximately 20 percent is spent learning in a classroom setting.
The average apprenticeship program takes four years to complete, but depending on the trade, can range from one to five years in length. Upon completion, an apprentice is required to write an exam in order to receive his/her Journeyperson designation.
All of the apprenticeship programs taught at Okanagan College lead to Interprovincial (Red Seal) endorsement. This endorsement provides an apprentice with national recognition as a journeyperson in his/her respective trade. For more information on this program visit www.red-seal.ca.
To see programs and start dates, view the Apprenticeship website: www.okanagan.bc.ca/apprenticeship.
How to Apply
To become an apprentice, students must secure employment with an employer and register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 1-866-660-6011 or download an application form from www.itabc.ca. Once registered, apprentices will receive a registration number from ITA. The apprentice can reserve a seat for technical or apprenticeship training at Okanagan College by contacting the Apprenticeship Office. The apprenticeship training programs are offered to registered apprentices as part of the provincial training requirement, which is developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development and the Industry Training Authority. Inquiries on indentured apprenticeship and programs should be forwarded to the:
Apprenticeship Department: Kelowna Campus
Marie Crossley, Manager, Apprenticeship Programs
T115 - 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 4X8
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 09/18/2021