Camosun stands with Indigenous peoples

From Sherri Bell, President

The revealing by the Penelakut Tribe of 160+ undocumented and unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kuper Island Industrial School and foreshore deepens the pain of all Indigenous peoples.

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Women in Trades Training

Get ahead with trades training

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options

Full-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

No

Length

12 week

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Women in Trades Training student working on sheet metal project

Kick start your career in the trade that is right for you

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

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WITT is open to women with various backgrounds and skill levels who are looking for a career within the trades. Camosun, through our Women in Trades Training office, offers two different sponsorship avenues:

  • Trades Skills Foundation (TSF) for Women programs, and/or
  • Foundation sponsorship into one of Camosun's skilled Trades Foundation/pre-apprenticeship programs 

 

Trade Sampling Programs

These career exploration programs will expose you to different trades and career options, with a focus on safety, skills upgrading, and enhancing your job readiness.

Experience hands-on learning opportunities, safety training, and career mentorship and site tours with industry employers.

You'll also develop your resume, practice interview and job search skills, and enhance your team-building expertise.

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Note Days/times/location are subject to change with adequate notice.

Construction focus

This 12-week program trains individuals for employment as entry level trades helpers and skilled labourers in a number of trades careers in the construction industry. The program teaches foundation skills required to successfully learn on the job and provides opportunities for bridging into other foundation or apprenticeship programs.

Note Due to COVID-19 the delivery of the program will be moved to a blended format with theory work being completed online. For up to date information please contact the program coordinator TDSP@camosun.ca

Limited seats available.

Start date September 20, 2021
Length 16-weeks of hands on training, safety training, upgrading and job readiness.
Location Camosun College, Interurban Campus
Credential Certificate in Trades Skills Foundation (CORE), Construction
 

Marine focus

This 12-week program trains individuals for employment as entry level trades helpers and skilled labourers in a number of trades careers in the marine industry. The program teaches foundation skills required to successfully learn on the job and provides opportunities for bridging into other foundation or apprenticeship programs.

Limited seats available.

Start date TBD
Length 12 weeks of hands on training, safety training, upgrading and job readiness.
Location Camosun College, Interurban Campus
Credential Certificate in Trades Skills Foundation (CORE), Marine
More info Download the program poster PDF
 

Foundation Training

Camosun Women in Trades Training offers sponsorship for eligible and selected women in their pursuit of becoming a tradesperson by supporting Foundation training at the college.

To apply for WITT sponsorship for Foundation programming at Camosun College, applicants must have the prerequisites for that particular program. Check the Admission Requirements tab for any of Camosun's Trades Foundation programs (pre-apprentice programs) and their respective prerequisites.

Women in Trades Training Foundation sponsorships may include full tuition, textbooks, and personal protective equipment (PPE) where applicable.

Curriculum & courses

Trade Sampling Programs

How to apply

Step 1

Determine your eligibility, found in funding requirements below.

Step 2

Send a one-page letter of intention to include:

  • Your eligibility as per the funding requirements
  • Description of why you are interested in the program, and what your future career goals are
  • Description of your past work, and educational experiences
  • Include phone and email contact information
  • Indicate which program and start date you are interested in

Step 3

Send your completed letter and a copy of your resume to: TDSP@camosun.ca

Once your eligibility is confirmed, the Coordinator will be in touch via email to arrange an appointment.

Foundation Training

How to apply

Step 1

Apply to a Trades Foundation program at Camosun College.

*Open to students enrolled in Foundation programs, (or Level 1 Apprentices) in any of the following trades:

Camosun offers apprenticeship training for 20 distinct trades, including 12 trades with the Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement.

Step 2

Once you are qualified for the Foundation and have received notification from Camosun registration, send a one-page letter to the women in trades department which includes:

  • Your eligibility as per the funding requirements
  • Description of why you are interested in the applicable foundation program, and what your future career goals are
  • Description of your past work and educational experiences
  • Include phone and email contact information

Step 3

Send your completed letter and a copy of your resume to: TDSP@camosun.ca

Once your eligibility is confirmed, the Coordinator will be in touch via email to arrange an appointment to discuss sponsorship options.

Funding Requirements

WITT might be right for you if you are:

  • 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. Precarious employment is defined as:
      • is working in unstable or unsustainable employment (including self-employment) as evidenced by:
        • irregular hours of work (such as casual labour or on-call work);
        • unreliable remuneration (such as piece-work or commission); and/or
        • earnings that cannot support an individual or their family;
      • is working, but has a total employment (including self-employment) income that is below the market basket measures;
      • is working in an industry or occupation that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future;
      • 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.

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

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 ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Jamie McPherson

Jamie McPherson

Chair, 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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more
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Women in Trades Bursaries

Are you a female student pursuing a Red Seal Trades program experiencing financial need? 

Contact information

Women in Trades Training

Heather Solomonson, Coordinator

250-370-4030

TDSP@camosun.ca