Sault College is offering an introduction to the trades with two tuition-free pre-apprenticeship training programs.
Foundational training with a focus on electrical with secondary trade training in general machinist, and women in the auto industry with a focus on service technician and secondary training in truck and coach and parts technician, will help participants find a pathway to enter a career in the skilled trades, according to a news release.
Both programs run June 26 through March 1 and applications are now being accepted.
In addition to the trades training, the programming includes literacy and basic skills, employability skills, health and safety certifications, student support, and assistance with an eight-week paid work placement, the release added.
“Sault College Continuing Education is excited to be able to offer this unique program,” said Lori Crosson, director of the school's e-learning and continuing education. “Through this type of program, we hope to provide the necessary training to help participants gain confidence and the necessary skills to pursue a meaningful, long career in the trade sector. With free tuition, this pre-apprenticeship is one-of-a-kind, and we encourage all those interested to register today.”
This initiative supports the partnership between Employment Solutions and the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board to help clients with support services they may need to gain future employment.
“There is a need to increase the number of skilled trades workers in the Algoma Region,” said Corey Meunier, chair of trades and technology at Sault College. “This program encourages participants to pursue a career in the skilled trades and provides them with quality training that will help to support the needs of our local and regional markets.”
Andréa Widgett, a March 2023 graduate of the “Discover Your Trade” — a previous pre-apprenticeship training program — completed her work placement as a parts technician and service adviser at Canadian Tire and now works as a permanent team member, the release said.
“My experience in the program was incredible. In addition to learning so many new and amazing skills, I was thrilled to experience life at Sault College and am excited to continue my studies here,” she said. “Start by showing up. Be yourself. Learn your way around campus and access the many supports available to you. Have fun."
She has been accepted into the bachelor of engineering program for September.
To learn more about the program, please contact Lisa M. Kelly, pre-apprenticeship project coordinator, by calling 705-759-2554, ext. 2417, by email or, drop by the Sault College Continuing Education Department, Room A1150.