Building the life you want starts with acquiring skills that are in demand.As a Red Seal tradesperson, career potential is unlimited.It all starts with apprenticeship; a unique opportunity to earn and learn while building your career.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.To learn more about BCCA Apprenticeship Services, click here.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 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 bricklayer could include working in the commercial and institutional construction sub-sectors, installing facades, walls, courtyards, and entrance ways.Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:Using hand & power tools, rigging, and hoisting equipmentWorking from heights and using ladders and scaffoldingLaying out walls and coursingUtilizing drawings, specifications, and documents to organize your workPerforming routine mason practices such as installing insulation and membranesApplying mortars, grouts, and bonding agentsBuilding non-load bearing masonry walls, installing masonry units, flashings, and tiesPerforming restorations, applying sealants, and coating materialsWorking according to Worksafe BC Standards, applying Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, and donning Personal Protective EquipmentAbout YouBCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice bricklayer. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal bricklayer and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.To succeed as a first-year apprentice bricklayer, 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 an eye for detail, for accuracy and aestheticsHave 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 enduranceOther qualifications can include (but are not required):Hands-on experience in construction, working with materials such as brick, stone, glass, or concreteOccupational First Aid training or SiteReadyBC certificationHigh school diplomaValid BC driver’s license and reliable vehiclePrior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonusThe 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. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimize student debt.For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see SkilledTradesBC’s Apprentice Guidebook.If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!