What is a foundation program?

A Trades Foundation program is a pre-apprenticeship or entry level training program that provides a student with no previous experience the basic knowledge and skills they need for entry into a particular trade. Our programs range from only 20 - 72 weeks in duration and as a program graduate, you will be more attractive to an employer because you already have the basic skills needed to be productive on their job site. 

In most cases upon successful completion and after securing employment as an apprentice, you will receive credit for your first level of apprenticeship technical training. You may also be eligible for some work based hours towards your apprenticeship

Check out our Kelowna Trades
program offerings .   

We also offer a selection of trades foundation programs at other campus locations:  Salmon Arm
VernonPenticton. and occasionally in Revelstoke  

Choose a Career in the Trades and never look back

Education Matters

Are you young and still in high school? Maybe you’re finished school and looking for a new direction? Or, you are already working and looking for a career that suits you better? If any of this applies to you, a career in the trades could be what you’ve been looking for. It could be your ticket to a challenging and rewarding career.

Here's a few more reasons why a career in the trades could be for you......


Skilled trades are respected because of the important role they play in our economy and society. Think about it, they touch almost every aspect of our lives, from the homes we live in, to the cars we drive, to the food we eat. Much of Canada’s productivity depends on the highly specialized expertise of tradespeople. It’s no surprise they are still in high demand from coast to coast.


With numerous careers to choose from, there is a skilled trade for every aptitude and interest. The learning never stops. After receiving certification, many tradespeople move into management positions or teaching careers. Others start their own business or go back to school to further specialize. In terms of professional development, the sky is the limit!


Tradespeople are rewarded with great pay – often better than average!