The Tŝilhqot’in Nation housing strategy is more than just housing – it is a way to increase the well-being and success of our people through the work we do. At TNG we want to create training that directly connects to employment opportunities in housing & infrastructure. It is the Tŝilhqot’in Housing, Infrastructure, and Training Departments main objective to help support, empower, and assist in overcoming barriers and develop construction trades training opportunities for local Indigenous peoples.

The need for trades people in the Tŝilhqot’in territory is increasing and by training people for these jobs we will be preparing to keep our members employed in our communities and creating more economic opportunities for our communities.

Carpentry Foundation Training Program

This is the beginning of an apprenticeship toward becoming a Red Seal Journeyperson in Carpentry. The program introduces you to all aspects of the trades including but not limited to:

  • Hand tools
  • Portable power tools
  • Other equipment used by carpenters

Students through the construction of a residential wood-frame project are given the opportunity to work with:

  • Lumber
  • Panel products
  • Concrete
  • Fasteners & hardware

Current Training Opportunities and Apprentice Opportunities

We are always working on expanding training opportunities in the Housing & Infrastructure Department. Check out below for more information on current training and apprentice opportunities. TNG is currently looking for 8 students to start their Level 2 Carpentry Apprenticeship. This course requires that you have completed your Level 1 Carpentry Apprenticeship.

Program Photo Gallery and Stories

Check out our photo gallery and stories from the former TNG Carpentry students. See what it could be like in the classroom. Can you see yourself here?

Graduation Ceremony

And so the adventure begins…

Congratulations to our first ever class of graduates from the Carpentry Foundations Training Program. You all worked so hard, overcame challenges along the way and pushed through in order to graduate. TNG is proud of you! You are an inspiration to others and are paving the way for future students who never thought it possible to be where you stand now. We hold our hands up to you and your accomplishments and look forward to seeing all that you become for yourself, your family, and your Nation.

Click to watch the graduation ceremony!

Types of Jobs

The following trades jobs listed are under the umbrella of housing and infrastructure. We are looking to possibly expand our training to include these in the future. Check out the fantastic links below for further description and videos of what these trades people do.

  • Plumber – Install, repair, and maintain plumbing equipment for water use and disposal in houses and commercial buildings.
  • Hazmat– Identifies and removes asbestos, mould, lead, waste oils, contaminated soil and other hazardous materials for processing, storage, or safe disposal.
  • Heating Contractor– Installs, maintains, and makes repairs to heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems in residential, commercial, and industrial properties.
  • Traffic Control Person– Also known as a flag person. Their role is to protect workers in construction zones by using a flag to signal motorists and keep traffic flowing.
  • Solar Installer– Assembles solar panels on homes and commercial properties.
  • Drywaller– Measure, cut, prepare, fit, and attach gypsum sheets (drywall) to wall studs and ceilings.
  • Energy Advisor– Helps homeowners interested in improving their home energy efficiency and can provide energy audits of overall performance of a home.
  • Home Inspector– Conducts inspections on residential properties for hazards or structural defects. Looks at the interior and exterior parts of a home such as the foundation, electrical, plumbing, and water quality.
  • Electrician – Can troubleshoot electrical problems, as well as prepare and assemble electrical wiring for various fixtures/devices in homes and structures.
  • Carpenter – In general follows blueprint/building plans to construct, install, fasten, and make repairs typically to wooden frameworks like walls, floors, and door frames. Carpenters can also assist with planning, drafting, and other calculations related to housing construction projects. We are hiring now.
  • General Labourers & Construction helpers – Typically assist with loading and unloading of tools and construction materials. You may be asked to install/remove forms and scaffolding, or help with various types of digging, filling, and general tasks required on a construction site. We are hiring now.
  • Roofer – specializes in the removal and installation or repairs of roofing materials like asphalt, wood, and metals.

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