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.  NOT CURRENTLY.  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.


Break Bulk Labour Program Training is ongoing.  There is no closing date.

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.

All inquiries regarding training apart from questions about Labour Training (KM BFF, Container Vessel Safety Training, Break Bulk, and Vanterm Container Labourer) must be directed to the Vice President of ILWU Local 500 who is the Industry Training Coordinator (ITC).  Contacting the BCMEA directly will result in charges through the M&G – See Bulletin below.

22 02 17 Bulletin – Training Questions

Training Forms:

Forms are also available at the ILWU Local 500 Office.

Site Specific Training

(Labour Training at Centerm, Western, Vanterm, Best Foot 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.


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).

Sometimes there are more postings than can be viewed on this page.  To see page 2, click on “>” next to the name of the month just below here (or at the very bottom of the page).

May 10 @ 8:00 am – Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm
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TRAINING 24 05 10 Dock Gantry Training  – open to Union Members ONLY Ongoing – apply at any time    
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The training postings below are all SQUAMISH and are ONGOING (apply at any time). Squamish Dock Checker Training – open to Squamish Complement and Squamish A Board only Squamish FEL/Pusher Training – must be Lift Truck rated Squamish Reach Stacker … Continue reading
12:00 pm
Please click below to view the bulletin for: Squamish “A” Board Category Increase Ongoing
8:00 am
Rotation Posting Closing Thursday, August 1, 2024 @ 3:00 pm Please click on the bulletin above to view the current postings.
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TRAINING – WHEAT MACHINE closing August 1, 2024 @ 3:00 pm * Open to all Union members and A, B, C, T, & OO Board Casuals Must be fit tested & allergy screened  
8:00 am
TRAINING BOMBARDIER – closing August 1, 2024 @ 3:00 pm Must be bulldozer rated or on the Wheat Board        
12:00 pm
New Job Postings closing Thursday, July 25, 2024 @ 3:00 PM Vanterm (GCT) – 2   Auto Mechanic   (Garage)