Vancouver’s Warrior Plumbing attracting young talent to the trade
October 11, 2023 | By HPAC Magazine
The Indigenous-owned contractor's Youth Apprenticeship Program welcomed five new Indigenous plumbing apprentices this year.
Warrior Plumbing, a fully owned and operated Indigenous mechanical contracting company providing residential builders, developers and homeowners with plumbing, gas fitting and HVAC solutions across Greater Vancouver, has celebrated the success of its own Youth Apprenticeship Program by bring in five new Indigenous plumbing apprentices this year.
The company’s internal program recognizes the importance of investing in the future of the business and the local plumbing industry, and its management and staff are actively recruiting online, conducting webinars, attending and speaking at trade fairs, developing relationships with Indigenous Youth organizations and have industry partnerships in place with educational institutions such as BCIT, Vancouver Technical School and the Tsleil Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Nations trades and career centres.
Curtis Thomas, Warrior’s president, stated, “Our Youth Apprenticeship Program offers hands-on training matching apprentices with seasoned journeypeople covering plumbing techniques, safety, and customer service skills in a progressive and supportive environment. We’re excited to welcome our new apprentices and locate additional talent.”
Warrior Plumbing was recognized in 2022 with an Indigenous Business of the Year Award presented by the BC Achievement Foundation, and its apprenticeship program serves as a showcase of its continuing effectiveness in attracting and retaining talent while empowering young plumbers and gas fitters to achieve their career goals and gain the tools for success.