SMWTCS COVID-19 pandemic updates


October 2020

The Sheet Metal Industry Training Board continues to operate the Training Centre with occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, and enhanced cleaning protocols adhering to WorkSafeBC COVID-19 safety protocols and public health orders. Student and staff health is monitored regularly to ensure everyone’s safety.

Current students are completing apprenticeship training using our new blended learning model with theoretical training online and practical learning onsite. Students are issued iPads and laptops to support their learning online facilitated by dedicated instructors. 

We are working diligently to finalize our revised class schedule for 2021/2022 and reassign students to upcoming classes in a sequential manner. Watch for emails from the Registrar with further information about your rescheduled start/end dates for apprenticeship and specialty training.


March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheet Metal Industry Training Board has suspended all apprenticeship and specialty training classes scheduled for 2020/2021. We will be implementing a revised class schedule with a reduced number of classes, complying with WorkSafeBC COVID-19 safety guidelines and public health orders to ensure a safe work environment for all our staff and students. This includes occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, enhanced cleaning protocols, etc.

Students scheduled for classes in 2020 will be contacted in a sequential manner over the following months as the class schedule for 2020, 2021 and 2022 is finalized.  Watch for emails from the Registrar with further information about your rescheduled start/end dates for apprenticeship and specialty training. 

Resources and benefits to help individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19:

The summary of programs & benefits offered by the Government of Canada.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

WorkSafeBC Resources on staying safe at work, accessing WorkSafeBC services, and more.

WorkSafeBC information and services by topic

If you’re a residential customer and you or your spouse/partner have lost employment or have become unable to work due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for free credit on your BC Hydro bill.

COVID-19 Relief Fund for residential customers

Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan offers a wide array of services to meet the mental health and addiction care needs of all BC and YT construction industry workers and their families.

Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP)

Vancity created the CommUNITY Centre – a place for members and employees to find and share up-to-date, reliable information about everyday finances, health and other questions you may have right now.

Vancity CommUNITY Centre