Training & apprenticeships

Youth Hires and Try-A-Trade programs postponed due to COVID-19

For the safety of our employees, communities and candidates, we are cancelling the Youth Hires program and postponing the Try-A-Trade program this year due to COVID-19. We'll continue to monitor the situation and advice provided by health authorities to determine when it's safe to resume these programs. For more information or for updates on apprenticeships and co-ops, please contact

We can help you start your career in the trades

Our apprenticeship and training opportunities are designed to give you the experience and skills needed to start or grow your career in the trades.

The programs provide first-hand experience of what it's like to work at BC Hydro. Our Indigenous employment and business development team will provide the support you need to prepare for your new career upon successful completion of the program.

Youth Hires program

Designed to give Indigenous youth the opportunity to explore different trades and technical careers by spending the summer shadowing and learning from employees at BC Hydro.

Read about the experience of four students that took part in our 2016 Youth Hires program

Pre-apprenticeship program

A one year full-time program designed to give you the basic skills to prepare for the power line technician apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeship programs

Take part in one of our apprenticeship programs and get paid while you gain the knowledge and first-hand experience needed to be successful in your chosen field through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.

See the video at the top of this page for a look at our apprenticeship programs.

Co-op and job shadowing opportunities

Gain valuable career experience through an electrical, mechanical or civil engineering co-op program.  

Trade bursary program

Apply for funding to help you complete the minimum schooling requirements for our pre-apprentice or apprenticeship programs.

Try-A-Trade program

This program offers you the chance to try two different BC Hydro careers through an eight-week paid work experience program. Training includes classroom learning and job shadow placements with BC Hydro crews and office professionals in various locations across the province. Job shadow placement locations will depend on team availability, workforce needs and applicant interest.

In past rounds, applicants have work at BC Hydro generating stations and offices across B.C., including Fort St. John, Revelstoke, and the Lower Mainland.

Participating in the program will give you the chance to try out a variety of BC Hydro roles. Here are a few that have been included in the past programs:

  • Generation mechanics and machinists
  • Generation plant operators
  • CPC technologists
  • Electricians
  • Fleet mechanics
  • Meter technicians

Check back for updates on timing for the next intake. For more information, please email