Community Workforce Development


In 2015 Trade Winds began bringing the Trade Winds Community Workforce Development program to rural Indigenous communities in partnership with First Nation and Metis settlement communities across Alberta. 

Working with each community’s leadership and technicians, Trade Winds staff offer academic assessments and interviews, academic preparation for the Trades Entrance exam of choice, safety tickets, and construction basic training to individuals on the Nation. At the end of the program, Trade Winds staff provide support for indentureship through local employers and in-community construction projects. 

Since the program began in 2015, Community Workforce Development has delivered the program in 18 First Nation and 2 Metis communities in Alberta and, to date, 17 tiny homes have been built. 

Includes orientation, overcoming training barriers, computer technology training, registration for the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training entrance exam, First Aid certification, financial management, Unleashing the Power Within with Eagle Healing, and review of Indigenous supports available to Trade Winds clients.

1. Trade Winds Foundations

Two Weeks

2. Academic Preparation

Four Weeks

Math and science review in preparation for writing the Trade Entrance Exam. Those who pass the exam are provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and, if the project requires, a basic tool set.

Program participants are provided with safety tickets as determined by the community. Typical tickets consist of WHMIS, H2S Alive, Fall Protection, Elevated Work Platforms, CSTS, First-AID C, with many other options to choose from.

3. Safety Tickets

One Week

3. Alberta Labourer's Training Trust Fund Mobile Lab

Two Weeks

Small Tools instruction introduces participants to the variety of tools used by Construction Craft Labourers and includes hands-on experience.

Concrete Basics instruction teaches participants about concrete properties, applications, equipment and procedures, additives, tools, testing, and problem solving.

Construction Basics instruction introduces participants to types of construction, the role of the Construction Craft Labourer, construction terminology, Personal Protective Equipment, and Occupational Health and Safety.

4. Community Construction Project

Up to Ten Weeks

Where there is a lack of union training partners in rural communities, union trainers suggested building tiny homes as a practical way to give local trades hands-on training as part of the Community Workforce Development offering.

Not interested in a tiny home? Communities can choose a current or future infrastructure project within their community for participant's hands-on learning.

5. Career Skills Development

One Week

A compressed job-readiness course providing assistance with finding union and non-union employment, resume development, interview techniques, employer expectations, and job referrals.

Ready to get started?

Get in touch with our Community Workforce Development Manager today!

About Trade Wind's Tiny Homes

Building a tiny home is a cost-effective way to bring “mobile training” to a rural community. It is a win-win partnership: clients gain trades exposure and the community has another home at the end of the project.

Where there is a lack of union training partners in rural communities, union trainers suggested building tiny homes as a practical way to give local trades hands-on training as part of the Community Workforce Development offering.

In a Tiny Home build, participants are exposed to carpentry, plumbing, electrical, flooring, insulating, glazing, painting, and drywall trades.

When the Tiny home is complete, Trade Winds graduates can then be coordinated with construction projects in their communities to begin their apprenticeship. The community can utilize the trainee’s trade skills to develop their own construction or home maintance workforce. Trade Winds provides job search assistance to graduates who want to find employment in the surrounding community. 

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Journeyman Carpenter

In 2019, Trade Winds acquired a Journeyman Carpenter to provide oversight and participant instruction for tiny home projects. A Tiny Home Curriculum developed by the Journeyman, which covers the fundamentals of residential home construction, is provided to all tiny home project participants. Our Journeyman travels to each participating community and remains there throughout the project’s length.

Gary Dureski

Journeyman Carpenter Instructor



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