This 14 week pre-apprenticeship training program is offered in partnership with Trade Winds to Success Training Society.

It is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing a career in one of the following trades: boilermaker, ironworker, carpenter, plumber, steam/pipefitter, welder.

Training is offered in Calgary and Edmonton.

About The Program

The program begins with a three (3) week trade streaming process involving: assessment testing and visits to training sites, shops and local education facilities. Clients then flow through to the Informed Career Decision Making course to ensure they choose to study the trade that is right for them.

Clients then move to the pre-apprenticeship training which includes:

  • Personal development (one week)
  • Academic upgrading (four weeks)
  • Write Entrance Exam 4 from Apprenticeship Industry and Trades
  • Progress to eight (8) weeks of union shop and hand tools training with safety tickets
  • Employment with the unions or your own employer of choice
  • Mentorship program


  • Indigenous people (First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit) residing in Edmonton or Calgary
  • Unemployed, underemployed or employment threatened
  • Active EI Benefit recipient, eligible for EI Reach Back, on social assistance or not currently receiving these benefits
  • Target groups for priority consideration are Aboriginal youth and women
  • Possess a minimum Grade 10 or equivalent based on the Skills Plan testing
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Interest in pursuing one of the trades offered by Trade Winds to Success
  • Ready, willing and able to pursue training and a career


Living allowances are available for eligible clients.

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about this program follow these simple steps:

  1. Attend an information session hosted by Trade Winds to Success Society. Information sessions are held every Wednesday. For information times and location, contact the Trade Winds to Success Training Society in Calgary at 1-877-362-4771.
  2. Once you have passed the Skills Assessment Exam, contact Aboriginal Futures and book an appointment with a career counselor for assessment and referral.

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