Apprenticeship training pays off

Survey shows 91 per cent of former traditional apprenticeships students employed

Ministry of Advanced Education

VICTORIA – A survey of over 2,800 former apprenticeship students in British Columbia demonstrates that the completion of trades apprenticeship training overwhelmingly leads students to well-paying jobs.

Survey highlights include:

• 97 per cent of former traditional apprenticeships students were in the labour force (employed or looking for work) in comparison to an 82 per cent labour force participation rate for the B.C. population.

• 91 per cent of former traditional apprenticeships students were employed.

• 98 per cent of employed former traditional apprenticeship students were working full-time.

• five per cent of employed former traditional apprenticeship students were self-employed.

• $31 was the median hourly wage in comparison to the $22.60 median hourly wage for British Columbians reported by Stats Canada in 2015.

“Completing an apprenticeship is a great investment for students,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “Our government has been targeting investments in new trades-training equipment, facilities and additional in-demand trades seats to ensure that students have the skills they need to become part of the work force that British Columbia will require.”

The 2015 Apprenticeship Student Outcome Survey is at:


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