SCA Skills Link Program


The application period for the Winter 2018 program will be open from January 26, 2018 until February 14, 2018. Click here to apply.

What is it?

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

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.

The first two weeks will provide you with 60 hours of classroom instruction on:

  • Career planning
  • Goal setting 
  • Introduction to trades careers
  • Job market analysis 
  • Workplace skills
  • First Aid certification
  • Required safety and training specific to employment in the trade workforce 

Following the successful completion of the 2-week training program, an 8-week placement in a construction trade of your choice (where employers are available) will occur accompanied by job coach training on-site supervision. In most successful work experience placements, a full-time employment offer soon follows.

This is an opportunity to access a career path that provides candidates career training in the construction trades.  The experience gained by the students and the networks they establish through the program will be very valuable when making career-life decisions in the future.

Who is eligible?

At the time of intake/selection you were:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • 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 benefits within the last 2 years.

If you are not in accordance with any of the above basic criteria, you are not eligible for the Skills Link program at this time.

This is an entry level program, which means that while experience in the construction industry is helpful, it is not a requirement in order to be accepted.

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

What placements are available?

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

  • Carpentry
  • Concrete
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
  • Heavy-Duty Mechanic
  • Masonry
  • Millwork
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Welding

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?

Please Note: Applications will be accepted from January 26 , 2018 until February 14, 2018.

Candidates interested in applying should follow these steps:

  1. Obtain an application form here
  2. Complete your application form
  3. Provide a recent resume with at least one reference
  4. Submit these completed documents to one of the following Career Coaches
For REGINA - send documents to Shawn McCall at
For SASKATOON - send documents to Alieka Beckett at

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.