Women in Trades Training

Two female Carpentry students cutting wood on chopsaw

SISTERS' program

Women in Trades has partnered with the Okanagan Training and Development Council (OTDC) to bring the SISTERS' program to Okanagan College.  This is a 30-week Indigenous program for women that introduces participants to all aspects of the carpentry trade including the use of hand tools and other equipment used by carpenters.  Upon successful completion, graduates of this program will receive technical training credits Level 1 and work hours towards their apprenticeship.

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Carpenter Foundation program

Intake details

Program starts Aug 29, 2022 at the Kelowna campus.

Program description

This 30-week (900 hours) program for Indigenous women provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to seek employment as an apprentice carpenter in the construction industry. The program introduces students to all aspects of the 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. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive Level 1 technical training credit.


This is an open education program, however the following is recommended:

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:
    • A minimum of 50% in any of:
      • Pre-calculus Grade 11
      • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
      • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
      • Workplace Mathematics 11
      • Principles of Mathematics 11
      • Applications of Mathematics 11
      • Essentials of Mathematics 11
      • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
      • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
      • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Program supports

  • You will receive sponsorship for your tuition ($4,444.14), textbooks ($680), required PPE, tools ($250) and material costs covered in full
  • Mentors
  • Elder, knowledge keeper support and cultural learning opportunities
  • Academic – Math (Trades Success Centre)
  • Employment support to secure apprenticeship – resume, cover letter, job search, interview
  • You may also be eligible for living supports through the OTDC. 

Application process

Contact info

250-762-5445 ext. 4825


Funded by the Okanagan Training and Development Council