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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 the 2016/17 Trades Programs Guide (ISSUU view book)

Foundation and Apprenticeship Programs 

YYT Program (Youth Train in Trades - Formally ACE IT)

Automotive Service Technician Foundation

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship

Harmonized Carpentry Foundation

Carpentry Apprenticeship

Electrical Foundation

Electrical Apprenticeship

Esthetics Program NEW! Coming Winter 2018!

Hairdressing Foundation 

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

Heavy Mechanical Trades (Apprenticeships in Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Diesel Engine Mechanic and Truck & Transport Mechanic)

Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Apprenticeship

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Foundation

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Apprenticeship

Intro to Trades

Plumbing Foundation

Professional Cook Apprenticeship

Welder Training Foundation, Level B, Level A Modular

Enhanced Trades Programs: 

Enhanced Metal Fabricator Foundation

Enhanced Welding Foundation


*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.