A foundation program provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to enter a trade. Just as in an apprenticeship program, students learn through classroom and hands-on training.
Foundation programs are sometimes referred to as Entry-level or pre-apprenticeship Training program. They cover material related to one or more apprenticeship programs and generally also provide credit towards completion of first level of apprenticeship.
Students do not need an employer/sponsor to participate in the program. In fact, one of the benefits of participating in a foundation program is to gain some experience working in the skilled trades sector. With exposure to skilled trades, it would be easier for the individual to find an employer who will sponsor them for the apprenticeship.
This 31-week (950 hour) program has been designed to take a student with little or no previous experience and supply him/her with the necessary skills to seek employment as an apprentice RV Service Technician. The program exposes the student to many aspects of servicing and repair in the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician trade with a focus on developing practical skills. Currently, Okanagan College is the only institution in Canada offering the foundation program for the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician trade.
Each jurisdiction offers youth apprenticeship programs and these programs can also be perceived as a form of foundation program for those wishing to gain work experience while in high school.
The Industry Training Authority acknowledges the need for more female apprentices in the Province of BC. Through funding provided by the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement, Okanagan College is able to provide sponsorship for trades training to eligible and selected women who are interested in a career in the trades.
This all-female, 12-week exploratory program introduces women to a variety of trades, safety training, job readiness skills and professional development through a combination of in-class and in-shop experiences. By actively participating in exploring many different trades, women gain the confidence to pursue their career goals in trades. Trades that participants will experience include: Carpentry, Automotive, Sheet Metal, Plumbing, Electrical and more.