Ermineskin men learning trade through innovative program

Pre-Employment Supports introduces carpentry to eight Maskwacis men

The Pre Employment Supports, Maskwacis Employment Center in partnership with Ermineskin ASETS, Income Support, and Ermineskin Housing Authority have provided a unique carpentry training program for Ermineskin members.

This partnership is to provide training to employment for members to move forward with skills to become employed.

Ermineskin ASETS manager Loralyn Cutarm, Donna Ladouceur Pre Employment Supports coordinator worked in collaboration with Red Deer College to deliver the training in Ermineskin Cree Nation.

The student’s project was to renovate a home in Ermineskin for a family in the community. In partnership with Ermineskin Housing they provided all materials to renovate the home with the instructor from Red Deer College providing the hands on training. Ermineskin ASETS provided tool belts and transportation supports to ensure all students were work ready.

Pre Employment Supports Program is a national program targeting 18-24 year old Expected to Work participants.

“Upon completion of the training all students will be employed with Ermineskin Housing Authority,” stated Ladouceur.

“Ermineskin leadership continues to encourage integrated services to work collectively for their members,” stated Ladouceur.

Ladouceur said nobody can be forced to educate or train, but this program is a great way to offer the opportunity and encourage people to try something new. Not only did the program offer classroom instruction and a qualified RDC instructor, it was suggested the students could put their skills to the test renovating a house in the area.

RDC was happy to help out, noted Rhonda Stangeland, program coordinator, School of Continuing Education. “I’m excited because it could lead to employment or further education,” said Stangeland Aug. 9.

Stangeland said the program is 22 weeks long and the last four are work experience under the HR department. She said feedback about the program has been positive and is impressed with the program’s flexibility.

Selecting a carpentry instructor wasn’t difficult, noted Stangeland, as a name, Dennis Leis, stood out as someone with solid carpentry skills and the teaching ability to match.

Leis said instructing the Ermineskin students has been enjoyable and enlightening. He said within a few weeks it became clear the program was meeting it’s goal of addressing literacy skills and offer some insight into the worlds of post-secondary education and carpentry.

Leis said the goal oriented carpentry program, now in the phase of students putting their skills like framing and drywall to work renovating a house on the reserve, has made a difference. “I could see their mechanical skills come alive,” said Leis. “These eight young men, we’ve seen a lot of change.” The renovation property is located in the Ermineskin Cree Nation and another partner is Ermineskin Property Management.

Linda Tomlinson, RDC instructor/workplace coordinator, said the mixture of instruction, trades and work experience struck a chord. She said the students are engaged and learned even when they didn’t realize it. “It’s an inspiration to get back into learning,” said Tomlinson.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

Just Posted

NDP Leader Rachel Notley stops in Red Deer on campaign trail

Notley promises hospital expansion, cath lab, pipelines and energy industry expansion

Police seize loaded gun in Wetaskiwin

Man arrested with homemade rifle attempt to break into a commercial property

St. Michael’s Church commemoration held west of Bashaw

The celebration acknowledged the history of Hungarian settlers in the area

UCP proposes changes to property rights

Former MLA Wes Taylor spoke on those changes recently

PHOTO: Bashaw STARS raise $4,500 in Bonnyville fundraiser

The atom, peewee and novice teams raise money for Ronald McDonald House in tournament

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Women of Excellence Awards introduces ‘Women of Excellence in Construction’

Gala will take place June 19th at the Sheraton Red Deer

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Teen girl accused in plot to attack Kamloops school with weapons out on bail

Judge warned the girl she would be back in jail if she threatened to shoot anyone

Oil prices, Alberta election call cloud Stampede chuckwagon auction expectations

The top money bid last year came from Versatile Energy Services, Ltd.

Lacombe hosts 6th Invasive Species Council Conference at LMC

Council looks to protect native ecological environments in Alberta

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per cent

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Most Read