Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Pre-apprenticeship Courses

Pre-apprenticeship Courses are courses designed to introduce prospective apprentices to the skilled trades.  many are designed for specific groups that are not usually represented in the skilled trades such as women, aboriginals, and people from different ethnic backgrounds.  Some are designed to help integrate people with barriers to employment such as drug or alcohol addictions into gaining productive employment.

The Trade Winds to Success program in Edmonton is an example of such a program.  Here is a report in the Edmonton Journal.

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2 thoughts on “Pre-Apprenticeship Programs”

  1. Hello David. I am currently in the PIDP 3240 course. I teach the Ironworker pre-apprenticeship course at BCIT. We call it foundations. It is difficult to just walk into an apprenticeship, and this program gives students an opportunity to learn base knowledge to help them be functioning members of a field crew. I am from Ontario where the only way into our trade is through family or word of mouth. There is definite benefits to the BC model, and it looks like Alberta is coming on board.

    Four out of sixteen of my students gained interest in our program through the trades discovery program. The trades discovery program introduces prospective students to a variety of different trades, and it seems to be working well. Students are also equipped with basic theory and certifications to aid there experience in different trades programs.

    Our department also runs Aboriginal access courses. Students in these programs are appearing to be quite successful compared to some of the statistics involved with Aboriginal education.

    1. Hi Ryan

      I totally agree with you that pre-apprenticeship courses are a good model for any trade. I too am a from Ontario and in the summer of 1968 I got a summer job as an electrical apprentice (for my father’s company) and the union and the contractors sponsored a four day introductory course with the Construction Safety Association to give us some basic pointers on staying safe on the job. I know I really found it helpful and wasn’t quite as intimidated as I might have been if I hadn’t taken the course.
      I hope to see more of these courses developed in B.C. I know we will need them once the shipbuilding industry starts the new federal shipbuilding program.

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