FPDI and Manitoba Building Trades Institute (MBTI) entered into a partnership in 2020 to pilot a community-based Home Builders training program. Two Manitoba First Nation communities participated in the program, Dakota Tipi First Nation and Pine Creek First Nation.
The program includes practical construction learning and a multi-trade work experience program. Learners are exposed to the many different career paths available in the construction trades. Journeyman instructors, from various trades, supervise and mentor the learners. Upon completion, the participants will be more aware of which trade they want to pursue and continue their education in.
The program culminates in a 4 to 6 week practical work experience which involves hands on home building under guidance of a journeyman instructor. The participants receive hands on experience in carpentry, framing, plumbing, HVAC systems, electrical, mechanical, insulation, roofing, and interior finishing.
- 16 to 20 weeks in duration
- Work Readiness Training and Safety Essentials
- Introduction to the Fundamentals of Core Construction Trades
This program is a career exploration program with a goal of encouraging learners to pursue a career in an apprenticeship program.
A secondary goal is to gain potential employment opportunities in your community by enhancing the learners existing skills for future community construction projects.
“I learned how to use power tools, read a measuring tape, how to frame a house and how to read blueprints,” says Chartrand. “We had excellent instructors who equipped us with the knowledge and resources we needed. I really enjoyed the program because it was all hands on and the environment was extremely friendly.”