STE- Trade Starter Program

Trade Starters for Equity Deserving Groups Training Project

Fully Government funded Trades Starter Training Program aims to address the under- representation of certain demographics in SkilledTradesBC-recognized trades by providing comprehensive pre-apprenticeship training and skill development. The program targets individuals who face barriers to entering the workforce, offering them opportunities to obtain

sustainable employment, skilled trades positions, or apprenticeships within their communities or across the province. We are currently recruiting for Cohort 2 Mechanical trades starting from July 2, 2024 and Cohort 3 Automotive trades starting from July 29, 2024.

Streams and Cohorts:

  • Cohort 1: Electrical Trades start date May 13, 2024 - ADMISSION CLOSED

  • Cohort 2: Mechanical trades – Batch start date- 2nd July’ 2024

  • Cohort 3: Automotive trades - Batch start date- 29th July’ 2024

    Admissions Requirements:

    - Living in BC

    - PR OR Canadian Citizen OR Protected person legally entitled to work in Canada

    - Unemployed OR precariously employed

    - Eligible if you are any one of the following demographics of Equity Deserving group-Self-Identified Women/2SLGBTQIA +/Immigrants/Black Canadians/Racialized Persons/Youth Adult at risk OR Indigenous people

    - Not receiving duplicative financial supports from another provincially or federally funded labour market program

    Not be a full time student in high school or post secondary education or training

Certificate Courses:

1. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

2. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

3. Emergency First Aid


  • Fully funded training at Ace Trades and Technical Institute (ATTI).

  • One-on-one employment counselling and coaching services

  • Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Job search skills training and directed work search support

  • Assistance with re-entry into the workforce

  • Specific skills training tailored to targeted jobs

    • Insight into current labor market trends and work environments

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased employability skills

  • Improved soft skills for workplace sustainability

  • Hands-on experience through work placements

  • Enhanced understanding of labor market trends

  • Graduation with necessary skills and credentials for employment

Program Objective:

The program aims to not only empower participants with the skills and qualifications necessary for employment but also to create a more inclusive and skilled workforce. By bridging the gap between marginalized individuals and industries in need of skilled workers, the initiative contributes to economic growth and development on both individual and community levels.

For any queries, please contact

Monika Mehra at Ext- 613

Shipra Sharma at Ext- 615

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