Who We Are
Camosun College is the largest provider of trades training on Vancouver Island with more than 2,500 students per year in 20 different trades foundation and apprenticeship programs. It is the second largest provider of trades training in BC and a leader in Canada for its achievements in innovation. Through Camosun’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) it is among the first of Canada’s colleges to venture into industry-focused applied research, actively involving industry, faculty & students.
Between program, research and innovation activities combined with employee, student and college spending, Camosun injects over $900 million back into the provincial economy every year.
Camosun meets industry requirements by offering a host of relevant training in Foundation, Apprenticeship, Aboriginal focused, Women in Trades and High School College jump-start programs. From construction to transportation, natural resources to manufacturing, over 90% of our trades alumni are successfully working in their fields and, the vast majority (87%) remain on Vancouver Island
Camosun’s Foundation and pre-employment certificate programs run six to ten months each and provide a comprehensive introduction to the trade. These programs cover the technical learning outcomes required in a first year apprenticeship so students are well-positioned to begin an apprenticeship or enter directly into the workforce.
Camosun offers all levels of Apprenticeship training which culminates with inter-provincial Red Seal certification upon successful completion of technical and on-the-job training. Red Seal Certification is recognized throughout Canada and Camosun apprentices have an impressive success rate.
In partnership with the southern Vancouver Island school districts, Camosun’s innovative LYNC (Leading Youth to New Careers) trades programs allows high school students to transition from secondary school to college, and the workplace, while earning both high school graduation and college certification. The dual credit program is a provincial leader and one of the few in Canada helping high school students accelerate their future careers in trades.