British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) Apprenticeship Services is launching a major industry-wide drive supporting small and medium construction employers to hire and register first-year apprentices.This province-wide recruitment drive is administered by BCCA as part of the BCCA Apprentices Services campaign. BCCA is launching a 22-month campaign funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service to enable small and medium-sized employers in BC’s construction industry to hire and register first-year apprentices. As part of the service to employers, BCCA will build a pool of qualified jobseekers, provide culture training via its Builders Code program, and mentorship support through its new Building Builders initiative. Additional apprenticeship supports, advice, and resources will also be made available to successful job applicants.About the OpportunityBritish Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your Industry Training Authority BC (SkilledTradesBC) trade certification and Red Seal endorsement. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!A typical day as a boilermaker could include working in construction and maintenance in industrial and commercial plants. Boilermakers are vital in assembling, constructing and repairing in shipping, manufacturing, and repair industries.About YouBCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice boilermaker. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal boilermaker and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.To succeed as a first-year apprentice boilermaker, you:Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions wellHave good dexterity and like to work with your handsEnjoy working indoors or outdoors in all seasonsLike to solve problems and build solutionsAre physically fit with stamina for manual labourHave experience using hand and power toolsAre willing to follow safety guidelines at all timesUnderstand basic mathHave strong attention to detailAre in good physical condition with good enduranceThe Benefits of ApprenticeshipAn apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training.The starting hourly rate for first-year apprentices is usually between $17-$22/hour. It is determined by each employer and can vary depending on skills, location, and your experience. As a first-year apprentice new to a trade it is customary to begin at the bottom of the pay range but as you ‘earn and learn’ on the job, your pay will increase as you progress in your apprenticeship.If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!