Trades NL Launches Career Development Program for Members

October 12th, 2022 – Trades NL, in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, has launched a new career growth and development program for members, intended to supplement and enrich their formal skilled trades training.

Starting this month, courses will be taught throughout the province both in-person and virtually, and aim to aid in the soft-skill development of members for a more robustly educated industry.

 “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,” says Trades NL’s Executive Director, Darin King. “We look forward to the impact it will have on our membership and the industry as a whole for years to come.”

“As our industry grows, so does the need to develop new skillsets,” says Gerard Murphy, Business Manager of SMART Local 512 and Member of Trades NL’s Professional Development Advisory Committee. “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.”

Course offerings include: Introduction to Computers, Personal Finances, iPhone Basics, Leadership, Career Development in the Trades, and Diversity and Inclusion.

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The new “Career Development – Trades NL Professional Development Courses” microsite launch comes after the announcement of a new Trades NL website. Learn more about the new website here.


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About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 60 trades in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.

About Trades NL: Labrador Office for Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades
Trades NL: Labrador Office for Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades is dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing the economic growth of Indigenous People of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades – with an emphasis on Red Seal occupations. This office seeks to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons, increase apprenticeship completion rates, and foster greater commitment and participation of employers and unions to create employment opportunities, overcome barriers and enhance supports in the workplace.

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