Introducing Your Best Apprentice Training Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists

Each year, our Best Apprentice Training Award champions the small businesses dedicated to training and developing new talent. British Columbia’s skilled trades community is a huge driver of the provincial economy and avoiding skill shortages ensures its continuing success into the future.

Last year, Ironside Design Manufacturing (pictured above) took home the prize, but our Top 10 this year raised the bar with their high standard of apprentice growth and development, as well as industry leadership in their communities. Here are your Best Apprentice Training Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists:

Aquasave Plumbing & Heating Services

Location: Mission

Based out of Mission, Aquasave boasts over 30 years of apprentice training experience. This 16-strong team specializes in repairing and replacing all plumbing, heating and gas problems in both residential and commercial premises.

Capilano Builders

Location: North Vancouver

Capilano Builders has specialized in kitchen and bathroom craftsmanship on the North Shore since their founding in 2014. Owner Bryce Eyton boasts 25 years of experience in the construction industry and is a proud winner of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award.

IRL Construction

Location: Vancouver

IRL Construction was established in 2011 by William Donnellan, an Irish expat with years of experience in the construction industry. Since then, the company has grown to encompass 49 employees and earn its reputation as one of the most trusted names in the Vancouver construction industry.

Mountain Pacific Mechanical

Location: Chilliwack

Mike Chamberlain founded Mountain Pacific Mechanical in 2009. They provide 24-7 emergency roadside support for truckers in the Fraser Valley and beyond. Mike employs a staff of 22, five of which are currently apprentices.

Northern Legendary Construction

Location: Fort St John

Founded in 2007 by Eric Bell, Northern Legendary Construction is one of the leading construction companies in Fort St John and the greater Peace Region. The company specializes in general contracting for new builds and renovations in the commercial, industrial, and residential fields.

NZ Builders

Location: Victoria

NZ Builders is a full-service construction company that specializes in high-performance and passive solar homes. They have a passion for sustainability and innovative building technologies suited for the coastal climate of the Pacific Northwest.

Okanagan Cosmetology Institute

Location: Penticton

Okanagan Cosmetology Institute is the first school in British Columbia to offer Level 1 and Level 2 technical training for the hairstylist Red Seal program. OCI has been training the next generation of hair stylists for nine years and offers a student run salon and spa in Penticton.

Shoesmith Construction

Location: Fernie

Chuck Shoesmith founded his construction company in 1994. Since then, he’s had a consistent average of two apprentices per year, introducing a stable of qualified Red Seal carpenters to the communities of Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford.

Technicon Industries

Location: Terrace

Since its founding in 1998, Technicon Industries has provided construction, electrical, plumbing and many other residential and commercial services in the Northwest BC area. Their knowledgeable staff of over 40 employees are available to respond to emergencies 24/7.


Location: Abbotsford

Founded by Dan Dueck in 2007, Stattonrock recently celebrated their 10th anniversary providing custom home building and renovation in the Fraser Valley area. Stattonrock welcomes high school students into the business each year to complete their on-site training.