WATT: Workplace Alternative Trades Training

WATT is a collaboration between the Western Joint Electrical Training Society (Western JETS), IBEW Locals 230, 993 and 1003, and the Construction Foundation of British Columbia.

In the face of the labour market skills shortage for electricians, Western JETS and the IBEW identified a need for accessible applied electrical skills training that would lead to employment. WATT was developed to fill that need. Electrical contractors also saw the value in WATT and support participants through employment. WATT is designed specifically for individuals who can not easily access Electrical Foundations courses but have a desire to become an electrician. The program is funded in part by The Government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program and aims to increase accessibility to electrical apprenticeships and reduce barriers for Youth, Women, Indigenous, and Newcomers to better support a skilled, inclusive, certified and productive electrical trades workforce by improving the efficiency and efficacy of pre-apprenticeship training provided.


Start your career in Electrical with WATT: The 3-week WATT program will give you the hands-on, employer-verified electrical training you need for a successful start to your career.

During your FREE 3-week training you will:

  • Be certified in:
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Fall Protection
  • Elevated Work Platform
  • WHIMIS 2015
  • Construction Safety Training Systems-09
  • Lock Out Tag Out
  • Electrical Safety
  • Be More than a Bystander
  • Learn hands-on skills employers have identified as valuable on the work site.

You will also:

  • Be provided with an Independent Learning Plan (ILP) and support in Essential Skills upgrading throughout your pre-apprenticeship to help you prepare for your Level 1 training.
  • Be provided with your basic tools and steel-toe boots required to start your career as an electrician.
  • Have access to additional supports as required, as well as breakfast and lunch on classroom days.
  • Have basic living expenses and transportation covered if travelling for training.