Carpenter Foundation

Interested in building a career as a Carpenter - this program is for you!

It's Carpentry Training with Job Site experience....see 2018's program details below.

Greyback and Okanagan College working together to provide our Carpenter Foundation students a great training opportunity!          Greyback and Okanagan College working together to provide our Carpenter Foundation students a great training opportunity!


The February 26, 2018 Intake for the Carpenters Foundation program will find students spending 3 months on-site building a house from ground up.  Training is provided by Greyback Construction and Okanagan College instructors both with solid reputations and extensive industry experience.  Students will also have the opportunity to work on smaller outdoor projects at the 1st Passive House Daycare in Canada also located in Penticton. 

The Carpenter Foundation program
(formerly Residential Construction) introduces students to all aspects of the construction trades including the use of hand tools, portable power tools and other equipment used by carpenters. Through the construction of a residential wood-frame project students are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials used by carpenters including lumber, panel products, concrete, fasteners and hardware. The focus is on developing practical skills for the construction workplace.


Financial Aid:  Over 30 awards are available to students in Carpenter Foundation programs at the college, with an additional 7 awards limited to students on Penticton Campus, including $2500 from Greyback Construction and $1000 from Windsor Plywood.  NOTE:   Most awards are based on financial need, while a few are based on academic achievement.  Be sure to apply!    OC Financial Aid and Awards and Student Aid BC Access Grant

Student Housing:  If you live outside the community and need accommodation check out our Penticton Accommodation Webpage

If after reading the Quick Review below you have further questions - contact:  Sara Cousins, Trades Program Administrator, Penticton Campus - or Toll Free: 1.866.510.8899 ext. 3309

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Program Details:  30 Weeks (900 hours)
Monday - Friday,  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive Level 1 technical training credit and 450 work-based -hours credit towards completion of the Carpenter Level 1 apprenticeship program.

Career Opportunities:  
Carpenters work for construction and renovation companies and in the maintenance departments of buildings and factories. Some even start their own businesses.
    Locations:   Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm
                       and Penticton  

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2017 Penticton Residential Construction/Carpenter Foundation Program  

August 15, 2017 -  Industry involvement and support leads to great student training experience!

Thanks to SK Form and Finishing Inc.for taking our Penticton Residential Construction/Carpenter Foundation students onto two of their active work sites. This allowed students, over the course of a couple of days, to learn what is involved in major concrete pours through hands on participation, industry guidance and the operation of various tools, equipment and machinery. We could not have offered these kind of experiences without our industry partners and they are invaluable to our students.    

Thanks also to Mark's for rushing in enough pairs of concrete boots to meet the students' needs in order for them to take advantage of this unique training opportunity.

SK Form and Finishing providing hands on concrete training to SD67 ResCon students at one of their Kelowna sites
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