Intake Process

Learn How to Get Started with Trade Winds

1. Attend an Information Session

Clients begin by attending an information session where they learn about what is required to be accepted into the program. Information sessions occur weekly in both Edmonton and Calgary locations. Interested participants complete an application.

Click here to see our Information Session schedule and RSVP.

Please note: All in-house information sessions are currently suspended until further notice.


2. Academic Assessment

Academic assessment determines if a clients possess the basic math and English skills required to enter a trades occupation. Clients can rewrite as many times as needed, and Trade Winds has options to support those who may benefit from upgrading.

Academic Assessments are available to write after Information Sessions.

3. Selection Interview

Staff members discuss with clients to determine if they are ready, willing, and able, and if they have the supports in place to be successful in an extended training program.

Interviews are scheduled by staff.


4. Funding Support

Clients accepted into the program are referred to the appropriate funding authority to secure a living allowance while in training.

More information on this is provided during our Information Sessions.


Must be Indigenous

Trade Winds is available exclusively to Canadian First Nations, Métis, or Inuit individuals.

At least 18 years of age

Trade Winds is designed for and limited to adult learners

Demonstrate an interest in one of our trades

Choose from Boilermaker, Carpenter, Construction Craft Worker, Electrician, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Ironworker, Pipefitter-Steamfitter, Plumber, or Welder


Our Trades

Learn more about our offered trades.

Want to know what trades are scheduled for the year?



Boilermakers build, erect, repair, test and maintain all types of boilers, tanks and pressure vessels, and perform all types of structural and plate work on dust, air, gas, steam, oil, water and other liquid-tight containers.

Boilermakers also erect and install boilers, sometimes working on scaffolds, and repair and maintain existing boilers and related metal products.

Learn more about Boilermakers from resources made by the Government of Alberta:



Carpenters construct, renovate, erect and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel, concrete and other materials.

Carpenters must work accurately and economically, and follow national and local building codes.

Learn more about Carpenters from resources made by the Government of Alberta:


Construction Craft Workers

Construction Craft Workers perform a wide variety of tasks including moving materials and equipment, performing demolition, excavation, and compaction activities.

They work at a wide variety of industrial plant sites, buildings, structures and premises including municipal sewer and water mains, roads, dams and bridges, tunnels, railways, and pipelines.

Learn more about Construction Craft Workers from resources made by the Government of Alberta:



Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises.

Learn more about Electricians from resources made by the Government of Alberta:


Industrial Mechanics (Millwright)

Industrial mechanics (millwrights) install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment in sites such as factories, production plants and recreational facilities. There is a strong emphasis on safety while working with machinery.

Learn more about Industrial Mechanics from resources made by the Government of Alberta:



Ironworker (structural/ornamental) tradespeople fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, structural steel buildings, bridges, ornamental ironwork and pre-cast structures.

Ironworker (reinforcing) tradespeople place and tie reinforcing material, join scaffolding, and perform post tensioning.

Ironworker (metal building systems erectors) fabricate, construct and join scaffolding. They are limited to work on two-story, steel-framed metal buildings generally referred to as pre-engineered buildings.

Learn more about Ironworkers from resources made by the Government of Alberta:



Plumbers plan, install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls. These piping systems may be used to transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids.

Learn more about Plumbers from resources made by the Government of Alberta:



Steamfitter-Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.

Learn more about Steamfitter-Pipefitters from resources made by the Government of Alberta:



Welders join or sever metals in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components, make metal parts used in construction and manufacturing plants, and weld parts, tools, machines and equipment.

Learn more about Welders from resources made by the Government of Alberta:




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