John Baker has a goal of becoming a heavy equipment mechanic. For John, learning a trade is a path away from general labourer jobs in mining and carpentry towards a more secure future for his family.
John joined the 16-week Skills for Employment program (now Workplace Readiness) in Portfolio Development which helped him develop life skills and a plan to reach his goal. Throughout the program, a Case Manager in the School of Academic and Skill Development offered John ongoing support.
“The Case Manager helped with advice and guidance, especially as I was back in school for the first time in years. It was good to have someone to talk with about my plan and ideas, and how to get to where I want to go,” said John.
After completing this initial program, John has enrolled in the upgrading classes to obtain the math and English levels he needs to enter the Heavy Equipment Technician program.
He also enrolled in the intensive, 14-day Introduction to Surface Mining program offered by the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining.
“This was a really fun course. It covered safety and workplace communications along with practical experience working mining equipment. I want to know how to run the machines before I learn how to fix them.”