Free Professional Development Courses for Trades NL Members

Professional Development Courses

Starting this fall, Trades NL is offering introductory courses to our members in construction at no charge. These courses provide up-to-date information to help with the professional development of members of the 16 building trades locals we represent.


    • Free courses available to all members of NL’s Building Trades
    • Delivered in-person and online throughout NL
    • Snacks/lunch provided
    • Course manual and swag bag provided
    • Interactive courses using real-life examples, videos, presentations, and exercises
    • Courses available from September, 2022 – April, 2023, subject to enrollment

    Note: Only confirmed attendees will be admitted into courses. Please ensure you check your email for confirmation

    Computer Basics

    This is an introductory course on the basic use of a laptop. Laptops will be available and members will learn how to use the laptop, send emails, search the internet, apply and interview for jobs online, and perform daily functions online such as paying bills.


    This is an introductory course on the styles and attributes of effective leaders including qualities of a good leader, team building, building trust and respect, leading diversity and inclusion, leading change, problem solving, conflict resolution, and coaching to improve performance.

    Career Development in the Trades

    This course provides information on what a career in the skilled trades means, what it mean to be an apprentice and achieve red seal certification, how to become a shop steward, and how to conduct a job search and write a resume.

    IPhone Basics

    This is an introductory course on the basic use of an IPhone. iPhones will be available, and members will learn how to use the iPhone, and different applications such as facebook, google maps, zoom, banking, and camera.

    Financial Basics

    This introductory course provides information on setting financial goals, balancing a budget including tracking expenses and costs, credit and debt management, saving and investing, and protections.

    Diversity, Inclusion and You

    The course examines the ways leaders, managers, supervisors, and employees work together to create and maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment. Topics relating to discrimination and harassment, with particular focus on gender discrimination, socialization of gender roles, ageism, sexual harassment, disability, mental illness, and bullying are defined and studied, using case studies.


    Current Training Schedule (more training sessions added weekly/monthly)!

    Nov 29Leadership BasicsOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Nov 30Financial BasicsOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Dec 1Career ProgressionOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Dec 6Computer BasicsSt. John’s80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Dec 7iPhone BasicsSt. John’s80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Dec 8Financial BasicsSt. John’s80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Dec 13LeadershipSt. John’s80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Dec 14Diversity Inclusion & YouSt. John’s80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Dec 15Career ProgressionSt. John’s80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Jan 10Financial BasicsOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Jan 11Career ProgressionOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Jan 12LeadershipOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Jan 17Computer BasicsSt. John's80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Jan 18iPhone BasicsSt. John's80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Jan 19LeadershipSt. John's80 Mews Place9:00-12:00
    Jan 24LeadershipOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Jan 25Diversity & InclusionOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Jan 26Financial BasicsOnlineZoom9:00-12:00
    Jan 23Computer BasicsCartwrightTBD9:00-12:00
    Jan 23iPhone BasicsCartwrightTBD1:00-4:00
    Jan 24Career ProgressionCartwrightTBD9:00-12:00
    Jan 25Computer BasicsPort Hope SimpsonTBD9:00-12:00
    Jan 25iPhone BasicsPort Hope SimpsonTBD1:00-4:00
    Jan 26Career ProgressionPort Hope SimpsonTBD9:00-12:00
    • Offerings pending enrolment
    • Monthly course schedule will be available on the website on the 15th day before each month (e.g., Posted online no later than October 15th for offerings in November).


     Gertie Ryan-Kavanagh

    Gertie Ryan-Kavanagh


     Jody Rees

    Jody Rees



    “These courses will ensure that a continuous effort is made to upskill our members, giving them the flexibility to learn, advance and upgrade skills that will help them grow professionally. We look forward to the impact it will have on our membership and the industry as a whole for years to come.”

    Darin King
    Executive Director, Trades NL

    “As our industry grows, so does the need to develop new skillsets. We wanted to create content that would better serve our members and give them the tools to develop their soft-skills. We look forward to seeing our members in the classroom and seeing them succeed.”

    Gerard Murphy
    Business Manager, SMART Local 512 (Member of Professional Development Advisory Committee)


    To register, please fill out the below form and you will be contacted to arrange a date for training. If you require additional information or would prefer to register by phone or email, please Contact us below.

    Member Registration
    Employer Registration


    Rachelle Cochrane
    Manager Curriculum and Training
    (709) 726-4560 ext 211

    Trades NL General Office Line
    (709) 726-4560 ext 300
    80 Mews Place

    Gertie Ryan-Kavanagh

    Jody Rees