Women in Trades Training

Okanagan College Women in Trades Training (WITT) is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement to encourage and increase the number of female apprentices in the Province of BC.  

Okanagan College WITT offers two different sponsorship opportunities: 
  • Gateway to the Building Trades for Women program and/or
  • Sponsorship for an Okanagan College skilled Trades Foundation programs

Gateway to the Building Trades for Women is an exploratory program for those who are unsure of which skilled trade is right for them.  Participation in the Gateway program is not a requirement in an application for an OC trades Foundation program sponsorship. 

WITT sponsorship applications for trades Foundation programs can only be accepted once the student has received a formal seat offer from the Okanagan College Registrar’s Office and secured their seat with a deposit.  Gateway applications are sent directly to the Women in Trades Training office. 



Gateway to the Building Trades for Women 

Participants begin in the classroom learning safety and best practices for the shop and job site, they then begin working on hands-on projects individually and as a team. 

Trades covered may include:

Sheet Metal
RV Tech

Admission Requirements:

The Women in Trades Training initiative is open to women of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.  The WITT program might be right for you if you are a woman who is:

1. Unemployed and have not collected or been eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) over the past three years (or five years for receipt of maternity/parental benefits); or

2. Employed individuals working equal to or less than 20 hours per week, in which case, an individual is considered Unemployed. An individual who is working for no wages (i.e. volunteering) is not considered employed.

All eligible participants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in BC
  • Not a high school student
  • Not participating in another Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement-funded program             

Program Schedule:   

Length: 12 weeks    

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm and Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Program Start Dates: 

Penticton: September 18 - December 1, 2017 (CLASS FULL)

Kelowna: September 25 - December 15, 2017 (CLASS FULL)

Kelowna: January 8 - March 30, 2018 (CLASS FULL)

*NEW INTAKE* Kelowna: March 19 - May 11, 2018

Salmon Arm: April 9 - June 29, 2018

Vernon: TBA

Gateway Students Will:

  • Gain practical and theoretical experience in a wide variety of trades
  • Receive knowledge required to make an informed decision about which trade to enter
  • Learn how to secure employment and training
  • Increase essential skills 
  • Obtain industry knowledge from mentors, Department Chairs and guest speakers
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 certification

Upon completion on the program participants may seek direct entry into employment and/or
Apprenticeship opportunities or continue to build skills and apply to Okanagan College to enter one of many skilled trades Foundation training program and apply for further Women in Trades Training sponsorship.  

Okanagan College Trades Foundation Programs

OC Women in Trades Training offers sponsorships for eligible and selected women in their pursuit of becoming a tradesperson by supporting Foundation training through Okanagan College.  To apply for WITT sponsorship for Foundation programming at Okanagan College, applicants must have received and secured a seat offer.

To apply to an Okanagan College trades Foundation program click here

Women in Trades Training Foundation sponsorships may include:

  • Full tuition, textbooks, mandatory program tools (if applicable) and personal protective equipment (PPE).


Women in Trades Training Office
Phone: 250-762-5445 Ext. 4825
Toll Free: 1-877-755-2266 Ext. 4825 
Email:  wtti@okanagan.bc.ca



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Application Forms
Please complete and submit by email to wtti@okanagan.bc.ca
Call us at 1 877 755 2266 EXT. 4825

Participant Eligibility Worksheet

Participant Intake Worksheet