Program Flow

Phase 1- Info Sessions

Phase 1- Info Sessions

Info sessions are held almost every Wednesday in either Calgary or Edmonton offices at 10 am. Please phone ahead to reserve your spot.     (In Calgary, they may be held at our Employment Centres, the Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre, or at Rupertsland Institute.)   After the session, clients are referred to ASET holders for a referral letter or a letter of assessment to confirm living allowance/funding. Applications will then be…

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Phase 2 – Trade Orientation Process – 2 weeks

Phase 2 – Trade Orientation Process – 2 weeks

Trades Orientation involves making an informed career decision. Tours of the Unions are taken, and shop instructors are available for questions about the prospective trades. Further skills like employment preparation, job maintenance, teamwork, and communication skills are enhanced. Those who satisfy M.A.A.P (motivation, attitude, attendance, and participation) will be provided with training like First Aid and CSTS. Successful participation of the orientation is required to continue into the next phase  

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Phase 3 – Academic Preparation – 4 Weeks

Phase 3 – Academic Preparation – 4 Weeks

Knowledgeable instructors will build upon the Grade 10 Math and Science prerequisites and in 4 weeks will prepare you to write the Alberta  Industry & Training Apprenticeship Entrance Exam Level 4 or 5. This fast paced course requires dedication and attitude. Electricians who write the level 5 exam are expected to learn extra…

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Phase 4 – Union Shop Training – 2-10 weeks

Phase 4 – Union Shop Training – 2-10 weeks

2 – 8 Weeks are then spent in respective Union Training Centres where clients learn trade theory, how to use hand tools, gain shop training and get further safety tickets.    

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Phase 5 – Apprenticeship & Employment

Phase 5 – Apprenticeship & Employment

Students will often be allowed the opportunity to join the unions after completion of shop training where they will have access to the work call outs. Students may also find non-union placement in order to start collecting hours needed for apprenticeship. The office may be utilized for Resume help, Job Search, or potential jobs (see our facebook page). Our goal is to help in any way possible to get our graduates working towards their apprenticeship completion.  

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Phase 6 – Follow Up Period

Phase 6 – Follow Up Period

We at Trade Winds want to ensure our graduates pass any other barriers to employment and to their apprenticeship. We will contact grads at 30 Day, 90 Day, 6 Month and 1 Year Follow Ups to help with the apprenticeship, to answer any questions, and to refer you for further safety tickets if needed for employment.   Trade Winds hopes to contact graduates at 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year status to see the success of clients. We have many men and women who are successful Journey( We have many men and women who are successful Journey(wo)men as a result of the program and we are proud of them. Look for success stories soon!  

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