• RoadWorks participants being trained

RoadWorks is a FREE 15-week Asphalt Paving Training and Employment Program that includes road building experience with a union contractor. Graduates will be ready to start a rewarding job in construction. 

Project Description:

This Project-Based Labour Market Training (PBLMT)  program offers training to gain the skills necessary to register as an Asphalt/Laydown Technician Apprentice with Industry Training Authority (ITA).

The BC Government is also working with the IUOE and employers in 2019 to hire more trainees on major construction projects, which is an excellent opportunity for RoadWorks participants.


  • This is a great entry point into the road building industry and the first step towards a rewarding career in road construction and heavy equipment operating.
  • The IUOETA is the only Designated Training Provider in BC to deliver the ITA Asphalt Laydown Technician Apprenticeship program. 
  • Apprentices who pass this course will undertake work experience with a union contractor and have an opportunity for long-term employment with union pay and benefits.
  • After 2400 hours of on-the-job experience, participants may be eligible for a BC Certificate of Qualification as a paving technician if they have met all the competencies.

Next Intake: TBD

Training Includes:

  • Four weeks of essential skills and job skills training.
  • Four weeks of paving training and one week of safety-related training with the IUOE Local 115 Training Association (IUOETA).
  • Six weeks of work experience on a paving project.

Eligibility Requirements:

You are eligible to participate if you:

  • Are currently on EI or have been within the last five years OR have earned $2,000 or more and paid employee EI premiums in at least 5 of the last 10 years OR have established a benefit period and were paid maternity/paternity benefits within the past five years and are re-entering the labour force
  • Hold a valid BC driver’s license
  • Are proficient in English 
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Are able to commit to 15 weeks of full-time classroom, occupational training and work experience

How to register:

If you meet the eligibility requirements, contact your local WorkBC Centre and ask for a referral from a Case Manager. To find a WorkBC Centre near you, please visit workbccentres.ca 

For more information, contact 604-309-9692.