Women in Trades Training

Women in Trades Training News

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, intake dates have changed. Please contact WITT team directly, at witt@okanagan.bc.ca, to discuss future intakes and how you may be affected.

For the latest updates from Okanagan College regarding COVID-19, please click here.

(Gateway to the Building Trades for Women and Trades Foundation students):
Many WITT staff at Okanagan College will be working remotely during this time, but we are still available to help you. Please reach out via email or phone if you require assistance.
Do not
come to the Trades & Apprenticeship office on campus at this time.


Women in Trades Training 

Okanagan College Women in Trades Training (WITT) is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement to help 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 Trades Foundation program


Gateway to the Building Trades for Women 

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 Okanagan College Women in Trades Training Foundation program sponsorship.

Gateway program applications start with a completed Participant Eligibility worksheet and Participant Intake worksheet. Both forms can be emailed directly to witt@okanagan.bc.ca
delivered in person to the Women in Trades Training office located in the Trades & Apprenticeship office T115, Kelowna campus. 

Gateway 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:

  • Carpentry/Joinery
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Sheet Metal        

Gateway Students Will:              

  • Gain practical and theoretical experience in a wide variety of trades
  • Obtain industry knowledge from mentors, Department Chairs and guest speakers
  • Learn how to secure employment and further training
  • Increase Essential Skills
  • First Aid Certification
  • Participate in Work Experience and active job site tours
  • Employment readiness assistance: resume package, interview & professional skills

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

Admission Requirements:                 

All participants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in BC
  • Not enrolled in high school or in post-secondary training
  • Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program
  • Employed and working equal to, or less than 20 hours per week
    in which case, an individual is considered Unemployed 

Contact us to see if you are eligible!

Gateway Program Start Dates:

Kelowna: June 8, 2020 - August 28, 2020        Accepting Applications now! 

Vernon: September 2020 Date TBD

Kelowna: September 2020 Date TBD

Penticton: 2021

Salmon Arm: TBD

Program Schedule (may be subject to change):   

Length: 12 weeks    
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm and Friday 8:00am-11:45am


Okanagan College Trades Foundation Programs

Women in Trades Training offers sponsorships for eligible and selected women in their pursuit of becoming a tradesperson by supporting Foundation Level training through Okanagan College.  

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 have secured the offer with a seat deposit.
  Persons interested in sponsorship through WITT must contact the WITT office to start the application process in advance.       

To apply to an Okanagan College trades Foundation program click here

Women in Trades Training Foundation sponsorships may include:

  • Full tuition and required textbooks


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


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United Steelworkers & Women of Steel

Women in Trades Training had the privilege of attending a meeting
with the United Steelworkers' Kelowna chapter of Women of Steel. 
 They are doing great work for the community.