Trade Winds To Success was established in 2005 by the Joint Training Trust Fund and is partnered with Indigenous community organizations and government funding agencies to provide First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people an opportunity to receive pre-apprenticeship training and shop experience in the following construction trades:
Boilermaker, Carpenter, Construction Craft Labourer, Electrician, Insulator, Ironworker, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Plumber, Steamfitter-Pipefitter, and Welder.
Our pre-apprenticeship training program is free to participants and has become the best screening tool for employers because of our empowerment of participants to be ready, willing, and able to work. Participants complete our program with the relevant knowledge, training, safety tickets, PPE, and support.
The member organizations of the Trade Winds to Success Training Society (as specified in the by-laws of the society) include representatives from the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) agreement holders and Union Training Trust Fund partners.
The Union Training Trust Fund partners include:
Pipe Trades Training Trust Fund
Represented by Chris Waples
Millwrights Training Trust Fund
Represented by Dave Robinson
The ISETS agreement holders include:
Metis Nation of Alberta
Represented by Lorne Gladu of Rupertsland Institute
Community Futures Treaty 7
Represented by Sanford Big Plume
Oteenow Employment and Training Society
Represented by Lyle Donald
Board of Directors
Each member organization appoints an individual to sit on the Trade Winds Board of Directors.
Representing Community Futures Treaty 7
Representing Millwrights Training Trust
Representing Ruperstland Institute
Representing Oteenow Employment and Training Society
Representing Pipe Trades Training Trust
Trade Winds Executive Director
Representing Trade Winds to Success Training Society
Trade Winds to Success builds the foundation for Indigenous people in Alberta to secure employment and achieve journeyman status, leading to economic well-being.
Through our network of partners and stakeholders, Trade Winds to Success provides pre-apprenticeship training and support to Indigenous people in Alberta, leading to success in the trades.