Look Inside Apprenticeships

When you enter the apprenticeship program at the EJTC, you are on your way to gaining a nationally-recognized ticket as a Construction Electrician. Our apprentices become members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213, and as union members, receive ongoing training, upgrading and access to higher wages, benefits and job security During this four- to five-year program, you’ll alternate between paid employment and formal training, with government financial support available to you during training. You earn while you learn!

As an apprentice, you can start making money right away because you “earn while you learn”. Skilled construction workers in BC earn $80,000 per year on average. The number of BC construction workers over 40 years of age is rising, and many are approaching retirement. It’s a good time to enter the skilled construction trades. A new electrical apprentice who enters construction today and continues to learn may well be earning more than $100,000 per year after completion and becoming a Journeyperson.

The EJTC and Apprentice Support

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    When you complete the Entry Level Trades Training program at our college, the EJTC registers you as a BC apprentice with the Skilled Trades BC. The Skilled Trained BC is the provincial body that certifies skilled tradespeople.

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    The EJTC works with our sponsoring union, the International Union of Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213, and with electrical contractors, to find ongoing employment for apprentices.

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    The EJTC’s Apprenticeship Coordinators will work with you to keep track of your work-related hours. We schedule your technical training at a BC college – most often the BC Institute of Technology, although there are other choices. Best of all, there is no waiting time for EJTC apprentices at BC colleges – you will start your classes as soon as you’re ready to train.

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    Pay Increases

    As you progress through your apprenticeship you receive pay increases every six months, based on the IBEW union agreement with your employer. The EJTC ensures that you will receive these increases, and notifies you when they are coming.

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    Because of the support we provide to apprentices, your chance of completing your apprentice program is very high. When you have passed through all your formal training and have logged the required number of hours, you are certified as a Construction Electrician with the Industry Training Authority. Success in an interprovincial exam gives you a Red Seal, recognized across Canada as your ticket to mobility in the electrical trades.

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Our Sponsoring Partners

The EJTC is the training and apprenticeship arm of the unionized electrical sector in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Okanagan. Governed by a joint board representing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213, the Electrical Contractors Association of BC and the BC Shipbuilding sector, the EJTC is a leader in apprenticeship, training, and innovation.

We take pride in the quality of our programs, delivery of training, management of over 750 apprentices, and of course, our state of the art training facility. IBEW 213 is a B.C.-based union local with more than 5,000 members. It is part of an international union with more than 750,000 members. IBEW 213 negotiates with electrical contractors and other employers to set wages and working conditions for IBEW members. It also works with employers to create safe worksites and advance the interests of women and other under-represented groups. The IBEW 213 office is the home of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades.

The ECABC’s members includes the leading electrical contractors in the B.C. construction industry. The agreements between the union and contractors provide a steady stream of funding for the EJTC’s training operations.

Our Industry Partners

The Construction Foundation is British Columbia’s trades and technology education charitable organization. Our network reaches across the province to engage thousands of young people as they explore and plan for their future. Our delivery model enables us to bring industry to the classroom to introduce young people to the various trades and technology careers that are available after graduation

Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society is designed to stimulate and support innovative labour market initiatives.

The Squamish Nation is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal peoples who lived in the present day Greater Vancouver area; Gibson’s landing and Squamish River watershed.

The BC Centre for Women in the Trades is working to eliminate the barriers faced by women in the trades by building a network committed to creating a culture of equality and equal opportunity. It is based at the IBEW 213 office, next door to the EJTC.

The BC Institute of Technology provides the in-class technical training for many EJTC apprentices. Because of our long relationship with BCIT, there are no wait times for EJTC trainees.

Skilled Trained BC sets the standards for BC skilled trades, issues certificates to apprentice graduates, and helps to fund programs like the EJTC’s Entry Level Trades Training program.

The Electrical Training Alliance, the largest electrical training organization in the world, is NETCO’s counterpart in the United States.

NETCO is an organization representing the EJTC and other IBEW-affiliated training schools at a national level in Canada.

E2Inc is a training affiliate of the EJTC, bringing the expertise of the EJTC to customers in many B.C. industries

Mentorship Matters is a joint venture between the EJTC and SkillPlan, providing mentorship training services to EJTC apprentices and to organizations across North America.

SkillPlan is a nationally recognized leader in workforce development. SkillPlan works with the EJTC to develop and deliver training courses.

Canada’s Building Trades Unions administers In The Trades, a federally funded program that provides financial incentives and training support for unionized Canadian contractors who hire, onboard, and train new first-year skilled trades apprentices.

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