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.

We are currently accepting applicants the Summer 2019 program.

Skills Link Application Form for Summer 2019.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 17, 2019.

A placement coordinator / career 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 (June 3 - June 14, 2019) 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 (June 4 – August 9, 2019) 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:

  • 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.
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in the last 10 years, or eligible for EI if currently unemployed.

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 Summer 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

Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 17, 2019.


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.