Assiniboine Community College is partnering with Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology to offer a tuition-free Applied Building Construction program at the college’s Parkland campus in Dauphin, beginning February 27, 2023.

Selection into the six-month program will focus on engaging Indigenous youth 18 to 30 years of age, who are not in employment, education or training. There is space for 15 students. Tuition, textbooks, personal protective equipment, supplies and tools are all covered at no cost to those enrolled in the program.

“The Applied Building Construction certificate program provides students in this region an opportunity to receive training in a field with in-demand career opportunities, supporting an industry need for skilled trades workers,” said Kevin Poirier, Dean of Trades at Assiniboine.

Applied Building Construction consists of six months of theory and practical learning followed by a seven-week paid practicum.

This program will be accredited with Apprenticeship Manitoba. Students who complete the accredited program with an average of 70 per cent or better in core trades subjects, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Carpenter apprenticeship program.

The program, funded by Algonquin College, prepares students for in-demand careers within a trade that employers report has a shortage of skilled workers.

Interested candidates must attend a free program information session as part of their admissions process. Sessions are available on January 11 and 26, and February 1 and 8.