Surrey Board of Trade Pleased with Red Seal Construction Training Investment in Surrey

On March 12, 2020, the BC Government announced that up to 36 eligible people in Surrey will receive construction trades training for Red Seal certification as electricians, carpenters and plumbers, thanks to more than $500,000 in provincial government funding.

ACE Trades and Technical Institute, in partnership with Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) in Surrey, will provide three training sessions, each lasting 15 weeks.

“The Surrey Board of Trade is very pleased that the province is providing government funding to the trades, an important part of Surrey’s workforce as identified in our Surrey Labour Market Study and Workforce Strategy released in October 2019,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “Providing an opportunity for Surrey’s labour force to upgrade their skills will help to address skill gaps and labour shortages. The need for qualified individuals in the construction industry is clear.”

The Construction Trades Training for Red Seal Certification Project-Based Labour Market Training (PBLMT) project is recruiting for the following dates at the ACE Trades and Technical Institute, a Surrey Board of Trade member:

April 20 (electrical)
July 27 (carpentry)
November 2 (plumbing)

There are spaces for up to 12 participants in each of the three intakes. Anyone interested in applying or attending an information session can contact their local WorkBC centre, ACE Trades and Technical Institute in Surrey or PICS.

Participants will each receive 10 weeks of classroom instruction, four weeks of on-the-job work experience with construction-sector employers, and one week of follow-up support and mentoring to help them find jobs in the construction industry.

Applicants must have prior trades experience. This experience does not have to be obtained in Canada. Experience in other countries is considered. Graduates will be qualified to write the Red Seal exam, a recognized, interprovincial standard of skill and competency.

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Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342,