SCA Skills Link Program 


What is it?

If you are looking for an employment program that offers career counseling, two weeks of trades safety training, and an 8-week placement in a construction trade, this could be the program for you. This is an entry level program, meaning experience in construction is an asset, but not required to apply.

This program is a 10-week commitment and therefore careful consideration should be taken before accepting this opportunity.

Applications the Fall 2019 program are now open.

A job coach will be responsible for monitoring the participant’s progress and will also act as a support for both the employer and the student.

What does the program look like?

  1. The first 2 weeks will provide you with 60 hours of classroom instruction on:
  • Career planning;
  • Goal setting;
  • Introduction to trades careers;
  • Workplace skills;
  • First Aid certification; and
  • Safety and training specific to employment in the trade workforce.

You will be paid minimum wage during this time ($11.06/hour). Following successful completion of step 1:

  1. Commencement of an 8-week work placement in a construction trade of choice (where employers are available), which entails:
  • Career coach training and support for employers and employees;
  • On-site supervision;
  • Entry-level wages, as defined by the employer;
  • Hands-on experience working in a construction trade; and
  • Networking opportunities with construction companies.

It should be noted that in most successful work experience placements a full-time employment position will be offered. Entry level work placements are available in various trade areas depending on industry and employer demand.

Who is eligible?

At the time of intake/selection you were:

  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in the last 10 years, or eligible for EI if currently unemployed.
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Note: Applicants must not have already taken advantage of a federally funded program previously.

What placements are available?

Depending on industry and employer demand, the positions are available in the areas of:

  • Boilermaker
  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Carpenter
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Crane Operator
  • Driller / Blaster
  • Electrical Power Line
  • Electrician
  • Elevator Constructor
  • Gas Fitter
  • Glazier
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Insulator
  • Ironworker
  • Landscaper
  • Machinist
  • Painter
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Roofer / Shingler
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Steam Fitter
  • Surveyor
  • Tilesetter
  • Welder

Will I get paid?

Candidates in the program will be paid minimum wage during the 2-week classroom training. During the work placement, the student is paid whatever the company entry level wage is.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Fall 2019 program are now open.

Candidates interested in applying should follow these steps:

  1. Obtain an application form.
  2. Complete your application form.
  3. Provide a recent resume with at least one reference.
  4. Email your resume with reference and application in one email to:
For REGINA - send documents to Scott Young at
For SASKATOON - send documents to Alieka Beckett at

Application forms available here.


I've submitted my application, what happens next?

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Note: You will be asked to explain your trade(s) of choice during the interview process. Be prepared to answer questions about what your expectations of the work placement will be.