Apprenticeship programs for AboriginalsApprenticeship programs for Aboriginals

Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | Ontario | Saskatchewan


The Alberta Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative helps those who qualify to enter and complete an apprenticeship program. Visit the Alberta Department of Innovation and Advanced Education’s website to learn more about the program and to see if you qualify.

The Trade Winds to Success program offers pre-apprenticeship training programs in a number of trades. Check out the Trade Winds to Success Training Society’s website for more information.

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British Columbia

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sponsors a number of training programs through the Aboriginal in Trades Training (AITT) initiative. These programs can include education, training, counselling, support and even financial services. Check out the ITA website to learn about the various programs and to see if you’re eligible. They have already helped more than 2,300 people to pursue their dreams. Check out the video below to learn more from Devin Cassidy, a heavy equipment operator, who went through the program.

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The Government of Manitoba offers an Aboriginal Apprenticeship Training program that provides community-based training in First Nations and M├ętis communities. Visit the Manitoba government’s Apprenticeship Branch website for more information.

The Hydro Northern Training Initiative (HNTI) helps northern Aboriginal residents find construction work at the Wuskwatim and Keeyask generating stations. Visit the Hydro Northern Training Initiative website to find out how you can access training.

The Aboriginal Construction Technology Program, offered through the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, helps you learn skills that are relevant to the construction trades, as well as an understanding of a safe work site, life skills, resume writing, cultural awareness and tools to successfully pursue a career in your chosen construction field.

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The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario is developing an Ontario-wide strategy to improve apprenticeship access and meaningful long-term employment options for Aboriginal peoples in the province.

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Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative helps residents to enter into apprenticeship training and gain work experience close to their communities. Contact them at 1-877-363-0536 or for information on programs in your area.

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) helps First Nations people to more easily enter into a skilled trade apprenticeship and helps graduates to find jobs. Check out the SIIT website to learn more about the construction trades programs available to you and to find your nearest career centre. They also have a Women in Trades program.

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