Successful Models of Rural/Remote Apprenticeship ProgramsSuccessful Models of Rural/Remote Apprenticeship Programs

Indigenous people in rural or remote areas face special challenges in accessing training. Often the specialized training is not available in their location and they will need to travel or relocate to access the training they need. They can benefit from using a flexible and long-distance format of training designed for Indigenous students. Successful cases of long-distance apprenticeship programs in rural and remote areas are listed below.

Institution Province /Territory Contact
Wahsa Distance Education Centre Northwestern Ontario www.nnec.on.ca/index.php/wahsa-distance-education/
Keewaytinook Internet High School Northwestern Ontario www.kihs.knet.ca
Aurora College Northwest Territories www.auroracollege.nt.ca
Cree School Board Northern Quebec eeyoueducation.ca/
Ed Centre Northern Saskatchewan www.edcentre.ca/
Northlands College Northern Saskatchewan trainnorth.ca/
Kwadacha Nation Northern British Columbia http://www.kwadacha.com
College of New Caledonia (CNC) Northern British Columbia www.cnc.bc.ca

Source: Bill McMullen and Andreas Rohrbach, Distance Education in Remote Aboriginal Communities:  Barriers, Learning Styles and Best Practices, College of New Caledonia Press, Prince George, British Columbia, 2003, Pages 16-511

A university, community college, industry training centre, or technical institute offers other ways to study for the construction career of your choice.

  • Some provinces and territories have universities that offer degree courses in construction and civil engineering
  • Some provinces and territories have community colleges or technical institutes that offer certificates, diplomas or degrees in construction and technology

On-the-job training – Some construction trades, such as labourer, do not require an apprenticeship. In these cases, it is common for workers to learn the needed skills while they are already working on the job. Keep in mind that employers who are hiring are looking for dependable and affordable labour. Be ready to consider smaller employers and entry positions – these are usually the keys to gaining experience and training.