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Trades - Rewarding Careers

Industries throughout BC and around the world offer increasing opportunities for strong career growth for Trades professionals. Some indicators suggest up to 700,000 new jobs will open up in these areas over the next 10 years, reflecting an increasing demand for skilled Trades workers.

Northwest Community College (NWCC) offers Foundation and Apprenticeship Trades programs designed to maximize theoretical and practical skills applications in a variety of industries and create opportunities for employment in secure, well-paid and rewarding Trades careers.

View NWCC 2016/17 Trades Programs Guide (ISSUU view book)

Trades Programs - Foundation and Apprenticeship

ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training)

Automotive Service Technician Foundation

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship

Carpentry Foundation

Carpentry Apprenticeship

Electrical Foundation

Electrical Apprenticeship

Hairdressing New!

Heavy Mechanical Foundations (Foundations Level for Heavy Mechanical Trades Programs)

Heavy Mechanical Trades (Includes information on Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Diesel Engine Mechanic and Truck and Transport Mechanic)

Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Apprenticeship

Intro to Trades

Millwright/Industrial Mechanic Foundations 

Millwright/Industrial Mechanic Apprentice 

Plumbing Foundations

Professional Cooking

Welder Training Programs

*Please note some of the above programs are being delivered at a public school where a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is required by the local school district; you will be studying in an area with children and vulnerable adults present. The cost of this check will be covered by the college.You will also be required to submit a Release of Information form. If you require more information you can contact an Admissions Officer 1-877-277-2288 x 5203.

The provincial and federal governments have created a website specifically for the trades. Whether you are just embarking on your program or in your final year, you will need the right tools to help you look for a job, or start a business in the trades. At you can find links to information and web sites that will help you join the ranks of professional tradespersons.