Newcomers to the Trades: A Journey from the Classroom to the Workplace

As we approach the end of the year, we want to recognize the hard work that participants in the Newcomers to the Trades project have put into overcoming the challenges that the pandemic has presented since they began their journey in the spring. Participants adapted quickly to various changes and were able to graduate from our contextualized training program, complete the Intro to Scaffolding program, and earn several safety tickets to prepare for the workplace. We are proud to say that nine participants have been able to receive hands-on experience and training over the last few months at work placements in various industries including maintenance and renovation, scaffolding, and flooring. These participants are now nearing the end of their required work hours and are excited to begin the next phase of the project in the new year, which is a partnership between AWES and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). The participants will be studying carpentry, sheet metal and plumbing, and working towards writing the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) exam.

Please join us in congratulating all the participants for their hard work and commitment during a challenging year and take a look at some of the photos of participants’ experiences in the classroom, at graduation, and in the workplace.