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Okanagan College offers the newest equipment and technologies in state-of-the-art training facilities located in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Penticton. Students master skills taught by industry-leading instructors while gaining hands-on experience. Learn in small classes, in more than 20 different programs that have provincial, national and international recognition. Whether you are seeking Red Seal certification or one-time specialty industry training, education at OC sets you up for a successful career.
Awards and Bursaries
Canerector Trades Awards
Apply by September 15 for Summer/Fall 2024. Domestic students with confirmed seats in Construction, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Manufacturing Trades Foundation or Diploma classes are eligible to apply.
Highstreet Entrance Bursaries for Foundation Level Construction Trades
Thirteen (13) entrance bursaries are available – valued at $6,500 each!
Up to 4 bursaries are High School Entrance, designated for those who have graduated from a BC Secondary school in the last 18 months.
Students must be entering a construction trade: Carpenter, Carpenter-Joiner, Electrician, Plumbing & Piping, Refrigeration & AC Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker, or Welder Foundation/ Pre-Apprenticeship.
Applications for the Highstreet Entrance Bursary are open:
- Fall 2024 High School Entrance Awards – Dec. 1, 2023 to March 8, 2024
- Fall Entrance Awards – July 1 to September 15, 2024
- Winter Entrance Awards – December 1, 2024 to February 15
- Summer Entrance Awards - March 1 to May 31
Foundation vs apprenticeship: what's the difference?
Foundation programs are entry-level training programs for people with little or no experience in the field. Apprenticeships are for people working in the trade for an employer who sponsors their education and training.
Local, national, and global employment opportunities are soaring for certified Aircraft Maintenance professionals
Focus on attention to detail and the importance of high-quality repairs while learning from Red Seal-certified instructors and the latest equipment.
Training in carpentry and joinery can help you develop skills to build a career you are proud of.
Grow your culinary career in the heart of the Okanagan Valley with programs focusing on a farm-to-table approach, exploring fresh local products.
Train to become an Electrician who inspects and tests highly sensitive electrical systems.
Motor Vehicle Trades
Drive the direction of your career with studies in Heavy Mechanical, Automotive Service and Recreation Vehicle Service programs.
Mechanical Building Trades
This department focuses on maintenance, testing and operation of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the distribution of steam, water systems including fire prevention sprinklers, natural gas or propane systems and building plumbing systems.
Spark your skills by learning a variety of welding processes and using specialized equipment to create a solid bond between metal plate and/or pipe.
Women in Trades Training
Gain confidence to pursue career goals in trades through exploratory programs, sponsorship and additional support in a training centre with a reputation for excellence.
Trades Sampler Programs
Trades Sampler programs are ideal for learning practical skills, gain general employment certifications and explore a variety of trades.
Apprentice Hiring Project
Okanagan College Apprentice Hiring Project received over $3 million in funding and will be using that money to support small and medium sized enterprises who hire first-year apprentices, helping the businesses offset costs that come with onboarding new skilled workers.
The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service.
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Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA)
The Trades Entrance Assessment is designed to provide an alternative entrance option for applicants who may not have met the required Math and/or English entrance requirements for a foundation program within the allowable time frame or cannot provide official documentation proving such. You must apply for a Trades Foundation Program and receive a response from Admission before you can register for this assessment.
Set yourself up for success!
The Trades Success Centre can assist you with preparing for the Trades Entrance Exam (TEA). Whether you have been out of high school a few years, are making a career change or have never attended post-secondary education, we can help set you up for success!
Get prepared to write the TEA by contacting Trades Success Centre Coordinator, Elke Pritchard, by email at email@example.com.
Learn more about Success Centres here.
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