Foundation programs are pre-apprenticeship programs that provide trainees with the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a particular occupation. They are typically conducted in a classroom or shop setting, and do not involve any significant work-based training component. As a result, trainees do not require an employer/sponsor to participate.
These programs offer a linkage to one or more apprenticeship programs and may precede enrollment in a full apprenticeship. They may also provide credit towards apprenticeship training. For example, many of the programs known as Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) result in a minimum of level 1 apprenticeship technical training credit. To determine credit available for a particular course, please go to the list below and refer to the relevant program profile.
Foundation programs are offered at a variety of public and private post-secondary institutions across B.C., and vary in length.