Trades and Apprenticeship

Gain the skills to build a successful career in the trades industry. Learn up-to-date skills from industry-expert instructors and get hands-on experience with the latest equipment and technologies in state-of-the-art training facilities.

Okanagan College has been the region’s leading producer of tradespeople for more than 50 years and fills the provincial demand for skilled workers. B.C. labour analysis forecasts one million job openings across the province by 2022 and 43 per cent of those require skills you can acquire with training at Okanagan College.

Meet Trent

Viewbook TrentWhy did you choose to become an RV Service Technician?
I was interested in the RV Tech program because it has a unique mixture of trades all wrapped into four wheels. I get to do plumbing, electrical, welding, body working, carpentry and more – it’s a bit of a jack of all trades.

How has your experience been at Okanagan College?
The College is my home. I actually live in Saskatchewan and could train in Alberta but I keep coming back here year after year. The training and instructors are great and they really take you under their wing. My experience has been nothing short of top notch.

What has been your favourite part of studying here?
As an apprentice, you come back to school every other year and I’m always happy to see the same classmates and instructors. Seeing those friendly faces, sharing stories of everyone’s work experiences and hearing how they did things is everything to me. You become a bit of a family for sure.

What’s next for you?
I’d like to run my own business one day, take care of customers and offer services that nobody else can supply. For now, I’m working as an RV technician in Saskatchewan – a job which I got straight out of school – and I’m going to keep honing my trade and provide quality work and give quality service.

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I always liked the idea going into a trade because once you’ve got the training you can work anywhere you want, nationwide.
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Trent Schmitke I Recreation Vehicle Service Technician, Journeyperson