Creating Opportunities for Entry into the Trades

Creating Opportunities for Entry into the Trades (COET)

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the trades? Begin your exploration into the construction and transportation trades today with our Tour the Trades activities, one-week Intro to the Trades programs and our 13-35 week applied certificate and certificate programs.

The COET program is designed to provide trades training opportunities to underrepresented groups such as:   

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Newcomers (with Permanent Resident status)
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Women

Creating Opportunities for Entry into the Trades operates under the guidance of the Skills Trade Awareness and Readiness Program (STAR). Your enrolment provides:

  • Free tuition for your chosen program or activities (seat fee applies to applied certificate and certificate programs).
  • Free textbooks and/or required learning resources.
  • Access to online course materials during your in-class learning journey.

Intro to the trades

Have you been thinking about a career in the trades, but not sure which profession to pursue? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Love using hand tools and power tools? 

Our one-week intro courses are a good way to get a taste of what it is like to work in a particular industry. You will develop knowledge and practical skills in a particular trade area.

Start date

 

Prince Albert

Cabinet Making October 21 - 25, 2019
 

Saskatoon

Bricklayer October 7 - 11, 2019
Cabinet Making October 21 - 25, 2019

 

Moose Jaw 

Cabinet Making May 11 - 15, 2020
Carpentry May 4 - 8, 2020

Prince Albert 

Cabinet Making May 11 - 15, 2020
Carpentry May 4 - 8, 2020

Regina 

Carpentry May 4 - 8, 2020

Saskatoon 

Bricklayer December 14 - 18, 2020
Cabinet Making May 11 - 15, 2020
Carpentry May 4 - 8, 2020
Heavy Equipment
Truck and Transport
February 18 - 21, 2020
Heavy Equipment
Truck and Transport
Equipment Intro
August 24 - 28, 2020

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If you want to attend more than one course, please submit a separate application for each course.

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Declaration

This form will not reserve seats; a seat is reserved when a program representative contacts you to confirm that your application has been accepted and participant/health waiver forms are completed. Seats are subject to availability and applications will be prioritized based on target demographics as per project guidelines.

 

Tour the trades

Looking for a fun and innovative summer activity? Do you want to learn about the construction and transportation trade industry?

In these three-to-five day workshops, you will explore a variety of different trades. Learn from guest speakers as they describe what it is like to work in their industry or chosen trade. Tour industry job sites, shops and businesses in a variety of construction and transportation trades. Participate in shop projects relating to the trades you will visit.

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You must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

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Applied certificate and certificate training

You will experience engaging classroom instruction combined with practical hands-on training in a shop and work experience setting. 

Programs

*Dates and availability are subject to change. Admission requirements for specific programs apply – see individual program websites for details. Admission method is First Qualified/First Admitted. A seat fee of $600 applies to all applied certificate and certificate programs. Additional program fees of approximately $200 will apply to the Agriculture Equipment Technician and Auto Body Technician Certificate programs (due on the first day of the program). Application fee is included in the seat fee.

Agricultural Equipment Technicians diagnose, repair, modify, overhaul, service and maintain some of today’s most technologically advanced machines—tractors, combines, cultivators, seeders, sprayers. You'll spend most of your "classroom" time in the shop with Saskatchewan Polytechnic's highly trained instructors, learning how to assemble, service, repair, modify and overhaul a wide range of equipment. You'll round out your program with a two-week work experience in an agricultural dealership. It's a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer, while building your practical knowledge and skills.

For specific Admissions Requirements, visit the program page.

  • Saskatoon
    • August 24, 2020 (35 weeks)

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Fill out the Agriculture Equipment Technician Application for Admission (pdf) and submit to programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca.

The program prepares you to work in auto body shops, auto dealerships and the manufacturing sector. You will learn from experienced instructors about basic metal work and painting, safe working procedures, door servicing, electrical systems, front sheet metal and plastic material repair, and welding. You will also spend two weeks in an auto body shop testing your newly acquired skills.

For specific Admissions Requirements, visit the program page.

  • Saskatoon
    • April 14, 2020 (30 weeks) 
    • April 12, 2021 (30 weeks)

 

Apply Now

Fill out the Auto Body Technician Application for Admission (pdf) and submit to programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca.

A certified journeyperson bricklayer will give instruction in many areas of masonry such as safe tool use, mortar mixing and joints, block and brick wall construction and various other masonry topics. Much of your time is spent in Sask Polytech's well-equipped masonry shop where you will be able to polish your skills on the many shop projects we offer.

For specific Admissions Requirements, visit the program page.

  • Saskatoon
    • August 24, 2020 (16 weeks)
    • May 10, 2021 (16 weeks)

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Fill out the Bricklayer Application for Admission (pdf) and submit to programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca.

A certified journeyperson carpenter will give instruction in many areas of carpentry such as safe tool use, site layout, foundations and concrete, framing and more. Much of your time is spent in Sask Polytech's well-equipped carpentry shop where you will be able to polish your skills on the many shop projects we offer. 

For specific Admissions Requirements, visit the program page.

  • Moose Jaw
    • January 6, 2020 (18 weeks)
    • January 4, 2021 (18 weeks)

  • Saskatoon
    • January 6, 2020 (18 weeks)
    • January 4, 2021 (18 weeks)

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Fill out the Carpentry Application for Admission (pdf) and submit to programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca.

Maximize your career opportunities and get training in two high-demand trades at once. In addition to classroom learning, you will work on different types of equipment. On the heavy duty equipment side, you could work on bulldozers, cranes, graders, loaders or earthmovers. On the truck and transport side, you could work on trucks, buses or highway transport vehicles.

For specific Admissions Requirements, visit the program page.

  • Saskatoon
    • January 13, 2020 (19 weeks)
    • January 11, 2021 (19 weeks)

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Fill out the Heavy Equipment Truck and Transport Technician Application for Admission (pdf) and submit to programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca.

Parts people make sure the right parts are available in the right place at the right time. You have to like variety, be good at organizing things, be able to handle large volumes of information and have good people and computer skills. The program provides the skills you need to work in wholesale distribution centres and in automotive, truck, agricultural, industrial equipment and recreational equipment dealerships. 

For specific Admissions Requirements, visit the program page.

  • Saskatoon
    • May 4, 2020 (13 weeks) 
      • Face-to-face and online seats are available for this intake.
    • May 3, 2021 (13 weeks)

Apply Now

Fill out the Parts Person Application for Admission (pdf) and submit to programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca. Please indicate on your application form if you are applying for the online option (based out of Saskatoon).

Questions?

Contact us at 306-659-4358 or programinnovation@saskpolytech.ca.

If you require ACCUPLACER testing (measures skills in reading, writing and math) to meet admissions requirements, visit the ACCUPLACER Testing for Literacy and Adult Education page.

If English is your second language and you require English Language and IELTS testing to meet admissions requirements, visit the English Language Requirement page.


About Skills Trade Awareness and Readiness Program (STAR)

The objective of the STAR program is to strengthen apprenticeship training systems to better support a skilled, inclusive, certified and productive trades workforce by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of training provided. The three-year program specifically aims to improve the participation and success of four key groups in trades training and trades careers:

  • Indigenous people
  • Newcomers (with Permanent Resident status)
  • Persons with disabilities 
  • Women

Portions of the program will also create opportunities for youth to participate in interactive and engaging trade related events designed for them to explore and encourage education and future career paths in the trades.