This spring, 11 students from Peepeekisis First Nation in East Central Saskatchewan completed a Housing Maintenance/Introduction to Carpentry program held in partnership with Parkland College.
The Housing Maintenance program benefits all parties involved. Partnerships are formed between the College and local First Nation communities, and students gain the confidence and skills needed to pursue further post-secondary training or gain entry-level carpentry positions. On top of that, the carpentry projects completed within the program are given back to the community.
The 11-week program consisted of workplace essential skills training, employer guest speakers, site tours, and informational interviews. In addition to learning the foundational skills for success in work and life, participants also received safety certifications and basic hands-on carpentry experience including framing, roofing, siding, and how to drywall, mud, insulate and perform wiring. Each student learned the basics by building a dog house, a deck chair, and picnic tables which were donated to local community organizations. For a final project, students built a wood shelter for the sweat lodge on Peepeekisis First Nation.
The program was a great success, and participants gained the skills necessary to pursue their education and career goals.