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Training & apprenticeships

Power Line Technician Logan Aird from the Saulteau First Nation is proud of his career growth at BC Hydro after starting in the Youth Hires program.

We can help you start your career in the trades

Our Indigenous 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.

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.

Co-op and job shadowing opportunities

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


This program offers you the chance to try two different BC Hydro careers through a 12 to 16-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 and location.

In past rounds, applicants have work at our 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

Try-A-Trade applications are now open until November 9, 2023 with placements starting in February 2024. For more information, please email us.

Apply for Try-A-Trade