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Pre-Employment Trades

Pre-employment programs are for those individuals interested in a trade, but do not have an employer or are not registered as an apprentice. Pre-employment programs provide the skill set needed to enter the workforce and become an apprentice. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to challenge the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) First Period Exam.

We offer: 
Pre-Employment Carpenter
Pre-Employment Electrician
Pre-Employment Heavy Equipment Technician (Mechanic)
Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 
Pre-Employment Welder

Not sure where to start in your trades’ career? See the Trade Pathways document to help you determine where to begin. 


Delivery Methods Explained


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.

Explore our Pre-Employment Trades programs

Pre-Employment in High Level

Start your trades journey in High Level! Now offering Pre-Employment Carpenter and Pre-Employment Welder in your area.

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Pre-Employment in High Prairie

Pre-Employment in High Prairie

Completion of a pre-employment program will help to increase the likelihood of being hired as an apprentice. Located at the new, state-of-the-art campus in High Prairie!

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Pre-Employment in Slave Lake

Pre-Employment in Slave Lake

Are you interested in a career as a carpenter, electrician, or welder? Increase your likelihood of being hired as an apprentice with a pre-employment program in Slave Lake.

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