Trades Training

The Building Trades are built on a foundation based on training and safety. A number of the Building Trades’ affiliated locals offer a variety of training opportunities for both journeypersons and apprentices throughout the year. Mainland Nova Scotia’s Building Trades Unions are among the largest sources of privately funded skills trades training in the region.

Some unions operate Private Career Colleges offering standardized curriculum for apprentices and skills upgrading. While others have Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATCs) who administer apprenticeship programs and operate training centers funded by industry through Training Trust Funds. These programs are privately funded through contributions from the workers and our affiliated contractors. The training institutions are acknowledged as centers of excellence across the country.

In August 2014, the Mainland Building Trades office, along with four of our affiliated unions purchased a 66,000 sq. foot building in Lakeside, Nova Scotia. We plan to operate a multi-trade Training Center. The new center of excellence represents a consolidation and expansion of the training programs of the following four crafts:

  • IBEW Local 625
  • Painters & Allied Trades – District Council 39
  • Ironworkers – Local 752
  • Labourers’ – Local 615

The Training Center will allow for collaborative training between multiple trades to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s workforce. This consolidation allows for a more effective and efficient use of training resources; and we believe this unique and innovative multi-trade training model is the next evolution of trades training in Canada.

The Training Center is privately funded in conjunction with our partner contractors and through training funds from the various unions.

Helpful Links

Carpenter Millwright College

IBEW – Local 625 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

UA Local 56 Training Centre

Did you know?

The Canadian Building Trades are the largest provider of private sector training in Canada with over 175 state-of-the-art Training Centers across the country, and an annual investment of $300 million

Trade unions in Nova Scotia invest more than $7 million in training annually

There are over 2,700 apprentices in Nova Scotia’s Building Trades