In 2020 FPDI partnered with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2085 (IBEW Local 2085) to recruit and train 9 Indigenous individuals for Lineman careers. The program targeted unemployed and underemployed youth to be trained in the electrical sector.
Through the collaboration of many partners, the student’s tuition, living allowance and wraparound supports were fully paid. IBEW Local 2085 covered the student tuition through a grant from Electricity Human Resources Canada. FPDI paid for supports such as monthly bus passes. Upon graduation, FPDI paid for the climbing gear required for employment. Each student received monthly living allowance from their First Nation, contributed under the ISET program. These supports led to a very successful program with 100% completion success rate and a 100% employment. IBEW Local 2085 organized and secured the employment placements.
The program started January 18, 2021 and finished June 18, 2021. The training took place at the IBEW Centre of Excellence Training Centre. We thank IBEW for their outstanding instructors and their quality work.
- Five-month program
- Introduction to the Line Trade
- Safety Overview
- Installation, operation, and maintenance of hydro distribution systems
- Combination of technical training, practical skills and real-world experience
- Problem-solving, team building, and critical thinking skills
Powerline Technicians are in high demand across Canada and USA.
Graduates of the program find employment with electric power companies, public municipal utility companies, electrical construction firms and contractors, equipment suppliers, and heavy engineering and construction firms.
“The instructors were very supportive and helped us make it through”