See page 22 of the 2024-25 Course Booklet and Planning Guide:


Trades Sampler – Additional Information


Certifications/Training embedded into the program at GWG

  • Occupational First Aid Level 1/CPR

  • Fall Protection

  • Hilti Powder Actuated Fasteners 

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • BC Site Ready & WHMIS


Class Instruction/Technical Modules (4 months) at GWG

  • Carpentry (build/frame a bathroom unit to code)

  • Plumbing and Piping (install toilet, sink, tub, or shower and run all piping)

  • Electrical (drill studs, run wire, install electrical receptacles and switches)

  • Pipefitting

  • Learn about exterior wall finishing and roofing materials (shed project)

  • Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Workshops

  • Workplace Math 11


Class Instruction/Technical Modules (1 month) at University of the Fraser Valley 

  • Welding – two weeks

  • Automotive Service Technician – 2 weeks


Field Trips/Experiences (past examples below)

  • BCIT

  • International Union of the Operating Engineers (Operation of Heavy Machinery)

  • Ironworkers Local 97 (2-day workshop at GWG – Ironworking & Rebar Tying)

  • Seaspan Shipyards

  • Boilermakers Union in Langley

  • SoFo Kitchens in Port Coquitlam (joinery)

  • Construction Foundation – interview skills, resume critique, hands on project (toolbox)

  • Speakers – Trades Employers/Experts, Skilled Trades BC


Volunteer/Community Based Projects (past examples below)

  • Community Food Hampers

  • Restorative work on community homes/buildings damaged by natural disaster

  • Building BC Park Cabins


Work Experience (Coached/Placed by our Work Experience Coordinator)

  • Receive up to 100 hours of community-based work experience placements, which may include work at a trade of their choice. 

You will gain valuable experience learning to take instructions, work as a crew, follow blueprints, learn to navigate employment conversations, all while developing your skills and knowledge.