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School of Trades and Technology

Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training

Get ahead with trades training

There has never been a better time to enter the trades. Kick start your career in the trade that is right for you.

Funding for the Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training initiative (IPTT) program is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement (CJF). The IPTT program is open to eligible Indigenous people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Funding offers assistance to cover tuition, books and tools to those that are eligible.

Funding Requirements

The IPTT program might be right for you if you are an Indigenous person who is:

  • Unemployed and have not collected or been eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) over the past three years (or five years for receipt of maternity/parental benefits); or
  • Employed individuals working equal to or less than 20 hours per week and actively seeking full-time employment. Individuals who are working for no wage (i.e. volunteering) are not considered employed.

Funding requirements information

Camosun, through our Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training office, offers two different trade avenues:

  • Trades Skills Foundation for Indigenous peoples program, and/or
  • Direct entry into one of Camosun’s skilled Trades Foundation programs

Trade Skills Foundation (exploratory program)

Participants will work in the classroom and various shops exploring a variety of trades, career paths, industry demands and safety practices/training. Trades covered may include:

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Fine Furniture
  • Plumbing
  • Professional Cook
  • Sheet Metal

Program Schedule:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Days: Tuesday-Friday, 8:30am-3pm (days/times/location/subject to change with adequate notice)
  • Location: Camosun College, Interurban Campus (map)

Program Start Dates: (Limited seating available)

  • TBD

If you are interested in this program, please contact one of the Coordinators below.

Direct Entry Foundation Training

Camosun Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training offers sponsorship for eligible and selected Indigenous people in their pursuit of becoming a tradesperson by supporting Foundation training at the college. To apply for IPTT sponsorship for Foundation programming, applicants must contact an Indigenous Coordinator (see below) and need to have the pre-requisites required for the Trade Foundation program of their choice (see Admission Requirements tab).

Contact information

For information on Indigenous trades programs, please contact our office:

Susan Wilson
Larry Underwood


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Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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