TRADES PATHWAY PROGRAMS
Construction Worker Preparation
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Are you interested in a career in the residential or industrial construction industry but are unsure about which trade might be the best fit? If so, SIIT’s Construction Worker Preparation program may be your next step.
The 10 week Construction Worker Preparation program is delivered at trade shops in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, and in various community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students can also complete a work practicum and can earn 300 hours of trade time credit toward apprenticeship in Carpentry.
Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level work on residential or industrial construction sites.
- Minimum Grade 10, Adult 10, with no modified Math or Science, or GED.
- Applicants with a lower level may be considered depending on their experience.
- Applicants may need to complete an interview.
- Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical mobility. May also be required to work at heights and in all weather conditions.
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Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.
English Language Benchmark
SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
- CWPP 200 Orientation and Job Readiness
- CWPP 210 Construction Trade Mat
- CWPP 220 Construction Safety
- CWPP 230 Portable and Stationary Tools
- CWPP 240 Construction Basics
Tuition, Fees, and Funding
Eligible students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Career Centre staff will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.
What to Expect
Day to Day
In this 10 week program, students can expect:
- A combination of in-class theory (34%) and hands on practical training (66%). Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
- No additional independent (homework) learning.
Personal Protective Equipment needed for shop training and employment is provided by SIIT.
Any work-related safety tickets will be included. These vary according to each trade.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For Construction Worker Preparation students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
You must maintain an attendance of 90% to graduate. The assessment method for this program is a combination of general performance, tests, and project work. The overall pass mark is 50%, and students are required to pass all courses. Graduates will receive a Construction Worker Preparation Applied Certificate. Graduates of this program are also eligible to receive 300 hours of trade time credit toward a carpentry apprenticeship.
Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment on residential and commercial construction sites as construction trades helpers and labourers in a variety of trades.
Construction trades helpers and labourers make an average annual salary of $51,100 in Saskatchewan.
For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.
Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements
To graduate from each level of an apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1800 hours each year. Total trade time required is 7200 hours and at least 4 years in the trade.
Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.
Although Construction Worker Preparation is not listed as a designated trade in Saskatchewan, workers may pursue apprenticeship in a related trade, such as carpentry.
Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.