Jobs, Training & Apprenticeships

NOTHING is open to the general public.  All jobs, training, and apprenticeship information contained on these pages is strictly for registered ACTIVE longshore workers (Members and Casuals).

New hires are only taken in during a recruitment drive.  These drives occur once every few years.  We will post information regarding recruitment as it becomes available.  Do not phone the office asking when the next recruitment drive will take place.  We do not have that information.  Check back regularly for updates.


All job postings, including new jobs, rotations, lines, gang, category increases, trainer jobs etc., close on Thursdays at 3:00 pm — no exceptions.

To apply for any of the posted jobs you must complete a “Job Posting Form” in the Union office prior to the closing deadline.

The M&G Committee is responsible for posting and filling all jobs (except Trainer jobs).  Any questions should be directed to the Committee.

The Vice President is responsible for posting and filling Trainer jobs.


You may only apply for training if there is a posting open.  Training postings also close on Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  The Vice President is responsible for all training and any queries should be directed to him.

Site Specific Training

(Labour Training at Centerm, Western, Vanterm, Best Food Forward at KM, etc.)
You may only apply for Site Specific Training at the Despatch Hall with the Despatch Coordinators.  There is no sign up at the Union office.  Questions may be directed to the Vice President.


There is a joint ILWU/BCMEA Apprenticeship Program in place.  Only registered ACTIVE longshore workers (Members or Casuals) are eligible to apply for postings when they are open.  We DO NOT hire apprentices from outside the Industry.

The following are the ONLY open postings (Jobs, Training, Apprenticeship) at the current time (solely open to Active, registered Longshore workers):

Relief Lines 2018 Closing Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Click below to view the bulletin New Job Posting – Closing Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Rotation Posting Closing Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
The Annual Joint Industry Training for 2018 is now open. You can apply in the Local 500 coffee room until Thursday, December 28, 2017, 3:00 pm (drop your application into the bin). Please click below to view the training options … Continue reading