Program Flow

  • August 22, 2015

    Phase 1 - Info Sessions

    Info sessions are held almost every Wednesday in either Calgary or Edmonton office at 10am. Please phone ahead to reserve your spot.   In Calgary they could also be held at either: our Employment Centres, Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre, or Rupertsland Institute.   After the session the clients are referred to ASET holders for a referral letter or letter of assessment to confirm living allowance. Applications will be started for clients who attend the information sessions.
  • August 22, 2015

    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.
  • August 22, 2015

    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 material past the typical class session in order to prepare for their exam. Successful completion of this part of the program results in moving onto Shop Training with the unions.
  • August 22, 2015

    Phase 4 – Union Shop Training – 2-10 weeks

    2 – 8 Weeks – Union Training Centres – theory, hand tools, shop training and safety tickets
    • 2 Weeks –

      • Boilermakers (Welders) Local 146            Edmonton
      • Ironworkers Local 725                                Calgary
    • 8 Weeks - 

      • Carpenters Local 1325 and 2103               Edmonton and Calgary
      • Insulators Local 110                                    Edmonton
      • Steamfitters/Pipefitters/Plumbers Local 496        Calgary
      • Electrician Local IBEW 424                        Edmonton
      • Millwrights Local 1460                                Edmonton
    • 10 Weeks –

      • Steamfitters/Pipefitters/Plumbers Local 488          Edmonton
  • August 22, 2015

    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 anyway possible to get our graduates working towards their apprenticeship completion.
  • April 4, 2016

    Phase 6 - Follow Up Period

    We at Trade Winds want to ensure our graduates pass any other barriers to employment and to their the 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 to see the success of the clients. We have many men and women who are successful Journey(wo)men as a result of the program. Look for success stories soon!