Urban Programs


Our urban program offers five to six intakes per year in both Edmonton and Calgary. These programs consist of four main components. Read more to discover the benefits and opportunities provided by our urban programs.

Topics include orientation, overcoming training barriers, computer technology training, registration for the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training entrance exam, team building, Unleashing the Power Within with Eagle Healing, First Aid certification, financial management, legal rights, 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. Clients who successfully complete these first two components and demonstrate excellent attendance and participation will receive Personal Protective Equipment and will progress to Union Shop Training.

Theoretical learning, safety ticket certification, and hands-on practical training at accredited trades training facilities. The length of the training varies by trade: 

  • Construction Craft Worker (6 weeks) 

  • Carpenter, Industrial Mechanic, Ironworker (8 weeks) 

  • Plumber, Steamfitter-Pipefitter, Welder (10 weeks) 

  • Electrician, Boilermaker (12 weeks)

Upon graduation, clients are provided with access to union-contracted work. Most trades also include a basic tool set.

3. Union Shop Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Six to Twelve Weeks

4. Career Skills Development

Three Weeks

Assistance with finding union and non-union employment, resume development, interview techniques, employer expectations, job referrals, and information sessions with employers.

Read more about Career Skills Development here.

Want to learn how to get started? Discover our Intake Process.



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