Essential Skills and Carpentry Training: Helping Animals in Need

Participants in the Newcomers to the Trades project are well into their classroom and hands-on training at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) where they are learning three trades and preparing for their Alberta Apprenticeship Industry (AIT) entrance exam. Participants are very excited to have finished the carpentry section of training, which has given them experience with power tools including saws, nail guns, jigsaws, and construction concepts. They developed skills in framing, layout, math and measurement, cutting materials, square building, sheathing, insulation, siding, and roof shingles installation.

As part of their learning, participants completed a very special project! Using their new skills, they constructed five insulated pet shelters to donate to Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) for animals in need as part of their Walls for Winter program! This program provides pet shelters to rural areas in need of warm spaces for animals who would otherwise not have shelter during the winter months. The shelters students built were tested for warmth in -26-degree weather and they maintained a temperature of +6 degrees inside! We are so happy to see participants succeeding in their studies and contributing to such an important cause.

Check out the pictures below to see the final products!