Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training

Get ahead with trades training.

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Indigenous Education

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options


Work experience


Open to International



12 weeks

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group of students around work bench

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

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Funding for the Indigenous People in Trades Training initiative (IPTT) is provided through the Canada–British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement. 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.

Contact a Coordinator

Susan Wilson, wilsons@camosun.ca, 250-370-4779 or Larry Underwood, underwoodl@camosun.ca, 250-370-4778

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

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

Discover two different avenues to a trade

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:

  • July 5, 2021 (Limited seating available)

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).

Curriculum & courses

Funding Requirements

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

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Not a full-time student (not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training)
  • Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program, and 
  • whose employment status is:
    1. Unemployed, or working less than 20 hours per week, or
    2. Precariously Employed – meaning an individual who does not meet the definition of Unemployed, but who:
      1. is working in unstable or unsustainable employment (including self-employment) as evidenced by:
        1. unreliable remuneration (such as piece-work or commission); and/or
        2. irregular hours of work (such as casual labour or on-call work);     
        3. earnings that cannot support an individual or their family; or
      2. is working, but has a total employment (including self-employment) income that is below the market basket measures set out by Statistics Canada (speak to program service provider for further details) or refer to https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1110023001;
      3. is working in an industry or occupation that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future;
      4. is working in an occupation or profession that is clearly lower than their skills or qualifications and that provides no imminent prospect of advancement; or has Just Cause for leaving their current employment (speak to program service provider for further details regarding Just Cause).

Funding requirements information

Trades Chairs

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Jamie McPherson

Jamie McPherson

Plumbing and Pipe Trades; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Following in his father’s footsteps, Jamie started his career in the piping trades back in 1987 when he started a sprinkler fitting apprenticeship. Af ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Carmen deGoey Chair, Electrical Department

Carmen deGoey

Chair, Electrical Department

Faculty/staff profile

David Lang

David Lang

Chair, Culinary Arts

Faculty/staff profile

Albert van Akker - Program Chair

Albert van Akker

Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader

Al completed his four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1996. As a carpenter he worked for Knappett Projects on a number of sites, gain ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Kyle Broad

Kyle Broad

Chair, Motor Vehicle and Metal Trades

Kyle began his Trades career when he successfully completed the Red Seal apprenticeship program in Automotive Mechanical Repair at Camosun College in ...

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Contact information

Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training (IPTT) Coordinator

Susan Wilson




Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training (IPTT) Coordinator 
Larry Underwood