The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) was originally launched by the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) in 2006 to assist foreign trained skilled workers obtain employment in the Construction Industry where there was a lack of available workers. This first partnership between the BCCA and the Construction Sector Council laid the ground work for what has become an extremely successful employment program with a wide range of offerings within the province of British Columbia.
Since that first project, the STEP Network has grown to include employment programs that serve all Canadian residents wanting a career in any of the Over 90 Industry Training Authority recognized trades.
STEP is so successful because of the way it works with people and industry; with direct access to employers across the province our Trade Employment Specialists are able to connect skilled workers with companies and businesses in need of those skills. Each Trades Employment Specialist or TES, has experience working with the trades. They understand the work, the industry and the challenges faced in getting into the skilled trades. TES’s continue to work with clients and employers even after they have been placed. They provide guidance and support which reduces the risks associated with a new hire and easing the transition into a new position for the worker. STEP’s focus is to get people working in careers they want. The relationship forged between the worker, the employer and the TES is the real strength of the STEP program. Your TES will be there for you to help you access training, introduce you to employment opportunities, and overcome any challenges along the way. STEP can help you to access immediate funding to eliminate any road blocks to securing a job.
Your success is our success.