A Career in Trades

in demand

Up to 1 million job opportunities

By 2027, there are expected to be up to 1 million job openings in BC — almost half of these jobs require technical or trades training. By starting your trades training early, you’ll have skills you need to land a great job, even before you graduate.

Earn a great salary

There's money in trades

The trades offer competitive wages and room for advancement. Depending on what trade you choose, you can be making over $20 per hour while still in high school. The more experience you get, the more money you can make.

What can I do with my trade?

Live the Life you Want

In trades, you have the freedom to choose a career path that works for you. Learn from the best, grow within a company, or branch out and start your own business.

“There are two types of people in this world. The people who wait for things to happen and the people who make things happen. Be the maker!!”

Joel Roorda, Williams Lake BC
Star of "Timber Kings" on HGTV, Master Craftsman at Pioneer Log Homes of BC

“It’s been a hell of a ride that has let me travel the world doing what I love. ”

Jack Chen, Vancouver BC
Executive Chef at Royal Dinette

“Never give up. Persistence, perseverance and taking action will get you far in life.”

Mary-Anne Bowcot, Victoria BC
Owner of Westcom Plumbing and Heating, Board of Directors of the BC Tradeswomen Society

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Get a head start

SkilledTradesBC Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.