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The objectives of the Trades Career DevelopmentProgram are

1) To increase the supply of needed highly-skilled workers in the construction sector.  We do this by, providing opportunities for First Nations youth to complete their education, develop essential trades skills, gain employment & where possible achieve Red Seal certifications which is a 4 to 5 year apprentice process. Working with our construction sector partners (PCL Construction & the Carpenters Union), we are ensuring we are meeting the needs of this growing sector with long term highly skilled workers trained by the sector itself. 

2) To transition our skilled youth to the changing needs of the labour market. With our partners, we ensure a pool of workers in our growing construction sector.   The average age of union carpenters is 45 years & they are retiring at 54 years creating an increasing gap of apprentices needed to meet with these changing demographics. Working with our sector partners we know exactly what the sector labour needs are. We then provide the new workforce training in the needed areas, ensuring a steady & reliable source of workers to meet the change market needs. 

3) To promote the benefits of advanced studies.  We create a compassionate & supportive atmosphere where youth are supported with our "wrap around" care & can learn at a pace & in an environment, that works for them. Participants work closely with Spiritual Care Givers, Community Workers & Elders to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed. Participants then work towards their apprenticeship & Red Seal thus providing them with not only a needed skill but an occupation.

If you are interested in our Training Program program, please email rob.l@nlmg-mb.ca or call 204.510.3880


The Trades Career Development Program's desired outcomes are ”Greater Indigenous Participation” in the Western Canadian economy.  We will do this by

a) increasing the skills development which addresses a growing labour gap in the construction trades,

b) increasing employment for indigenous people,

c) increasing indigenous business opportunities & d) increasing competitiveness of indigenous business in the construction of housing units in indigenous communities.

A recent news article (Winnipeg Free Press Jan 27/17) stated “Manitoba could become an economic powerhouse in Canada if it can get more of its….indigenous young people engaged in the workforce the Conference Board of Canada states.  Mobilizing them in the labour force will be critical to sustaining economic growth for the province it adds…Recommends focus more on skills training & the need to align training to the needs of businesses.”

NLMG has been created to address this specific issue. Currently, training programs only provide basic skills training & some work experience.  No existing program looks beyond 6 months after training & students have no way to move forward.  We are the only program that has strategic partnerships with several First Nations communities & the construction sector in Manitoba & Saskatchewan.  No other program provides the “Wrap Around” cultural support needed.   We are the only program who is partnered with the Prairie Arctic Regional Council (PARC) of the Carpenters, Drywallers, Millwrights & Allied Workers to provide industry supported & approved training.  No other program offered has this relationship with PARC.  NLMG is the only organization that can provide direct training & employment through its social enterprise construction company.    NLMG is working to bring its skills development program to serval First Nations as they address their critical housing crisis. Currently First Nations rely on existing non-indigenous companies and labour forces to come into their community.  This model does nothing to support the development or diversification of the economy.  By developing capacity and opportunity, and support, first nations can establish their own workforce, their own businesses and their own economic development.  With over $400 million dollars marked for first Nations housing in the few years, the ability to have income generated and remain in the community allows more members to stay in their community and benefit the economy of these First Nations.