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Pre-Employment Trades

Pre-Employment Trades

Northern Lakes College has strategies in place to ensure students can safely complete any practical aspects of their programs.

COVID-19 Trades Update

New intake dates for 2021-2022 Pre-Employment Trades have just been released!

 To find out more about each program, please click the program information link below. If you are interested in applying for any of these intakes, please email trades@northernlakescollege.ca to be placed on the interest list. Northern Lakes College will email you when the programs become available to apply for online.  

In today’s economy, training is critical. However, training can be expensive. For high school students, Dual Credit programming includes trades offerings, which are also called “Pre-Employment”. They are called this because they offer the theory portion of trades training in advance of obtaining the hands on experience with an employer. In the trades, a candidate is normally employed (a.k.a. apprenticed) in advance of attending training.

Pre-employment trades offered at NLC include Carpenter, Electrician, and Welder. Each program covers the entire First Period theory of that trade. In essence, students complete the first year of theory required for a trade, without leaving home and without incurring the costs associated with post-secondary training!

Trades Pathways: Find the path that works for you!

Northern Lakes College offers Pre-Employment Trades in the Dual Credit pathway for High School students'. Find out if a career in Trades is something that you are interested in before enrolling in College. Lessen your workload in College by taking courses now and reduce the number of courses you need to complete the program. For more information please visit: https://www.northernlakescollege.ca/future-students/dual-credit

Trades Pathways- PDF

I am in High School - Pathway 1:

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  1. Enrol in Dual Credit Trades Training
  2. Enrol in a Pre-Employment program with Northern Lakes College. Students have an opportunity to challenge the First Period Exam.
    1. Pre-Employment Carpenter
    2. Pre-Employment Electrician
    3. Pre-Employment Welder
  3. Sign up as an Apprentice with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), you will receive a record book (Blue Book) to help you keep track of hours worked.
  4. First Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  5. Second Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  6. Third and Fourth (trade specific) Period training at Northern Lakes College, as required and work experience.
  7. Journeyman Certificate
  8. Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)
  9. Blue Seal Certificate
    1. Management Programs and Courses
    2. Trades to Degree

I am in High School - Pathway 2:

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  1. Sign up with Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), for work placement opportunities with Industry.
  2. Enrol in a Pre-Employment program with Northern Lakes College. Students have an opportunity to challenge the First Period Exam.
    1. Pre-Employment Carpenter
    2. Pre-Employment Electrician
    3. Pre-Employment Welder
  3. Sign up as an Apprentice with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), you will receive a record book (Blue Book) to help you keep track of hours worked.
  4. First Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  5. Second Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  6. Third and Fourth (trade specific) Period training at Northern Lakes College, as required and work experience.
  7. Journeyman Certificate
  8. Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)
  9. Blue Seal Certificate
    1. Management Programs and Courses
    2. Trades to Degree

I have graduated High School:

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  1. Enrol in a Pre-Employment program with Northern Lakes College. Students have an opportunity to challenge the First Period Exam.
    1. Pre-Employment Carpenter
    2. Pre-Employment Electrician
    3. Pre-Employment Welder
  2. Sign up as an Apprentice with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), you will receive a record book (Blue Book) to help you keep track of hours worked.
  3. First Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  4. Second Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  5. Third and Fourth (trade-specific) Period training at Northern Lakes College, as required and work experience.
  6. Journeyman Certificate
  7. Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)
  8. Blue Seal Certificate
    1. Management Programs and Courses
    2. Trades to Degree

I have a job in a related field:

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  1. Sign up as an Apprentice with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), you will receive a record book (Blue Book) to help you keep track of hours worked.
  2. First Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  3. Second Period training at Northern Lakes College and work experience.
  4. Third and Fourth (trade-specific) Period training at Northern Lakes College, as required and work experience.
  5. Journeyman Certificate
  6. Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)
  7. Blue Seal Certificate
    1. Management Programs and Courses
    2. Trades to Degree

Delivery Methods

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Face-to-Face: Courses where the instructor and the students are interacting at the same time, at the same physical location. 

NLC LIVE Online™: Scheduled classes online, where students log in to a program (Blackboard Collaborate™) with instructors and peers on the same day, at the same time.

NLC Anytime, Anywhere: Courses where you do not have scheduled classes, but where you log in to a program online (Moodle) at any time and do your work. 

Blended: Courses where you have a combination of face-to-face and online (NLC Anytime, Anywhere and/or NLC LIVE Online).

Dual Credit: Students in high school can experience College programs while earning post-secondary credits.