Trade Winds to Success

This 14 week pre-apprenticeship training program is offered in partnership with Trade Winds to Success Training Society.

It is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing a career in one of the following trades: boilermaker, ironworker, carpenter, plumber, steam/pipefitter, welder.

Training is offered in Edmonton

About The Program

The program begins with a three week trade streaming process involving: assessment testing and visits to training sites, shops and local education facilities. Clients then flow through to the Informed Career Decision Making course to ensure they choose to study the trade that is right for them.

Clients then move to the pre-apprenticeship training which includes:

Personal development (one week)

Academic upgrading (four weeks)

Write Entrance Exam 4 from Apprenticeship Industry and Trades

Progress to eight weeks of union shop and hand tools training with safety tickets

Employment with the unions or your own employer of choice

Mentorship program

Aboriginal Futures trade winds to success


Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) residing in Edmonton or Calgary

Unemployed, underemployed or employment threatened

Active EI Benefit recipient, eligible for EI Reach Back, on social assistance or not currently receiving these benefits

Target groups for priority consideration are Indigenous youth and women

Possess a minimum Grade 10 or equivalent based on the Skills Plan testing

At least 18 years of age

Interest in pursuing one of the trades offered by Trade Winds to Success

Ready, willing and able to pursue training and a career


Living allowances are available for eligible clients.

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about this program follow these simple steps:

Attend an information session hosted by Trade Winds to Success Society. For information times and location, contact Trade Winds to Success Training Society 1-877-362-4771.

Once you have passed the Skills Assessment Exam, contact Aboriginal Futures and book an appointment with a career counselor for assessment and referral.

For full program details, make an appointment with a career development practitioner.
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