Employment Preparation for Careers in Construction

A Workforce Development program preparing individuals to develop a foundation of hope and the employability and foundational skills needed to find, obtain and keep employment within the construction industry.

Program Overview

The Employment Preparation for Careers in Construction (EPIC) has been developed for unemployed Albertans facing barriers to employment. Barriers can be described as the challenges that prevent the person from being employed, maintaining employment, or advancing their career. Each client will develop a unique plan of action that will help address their barriers to employment and prepare them to obtain and maintain employment.

This program offers each program participant:

  • In-depth assessments to identify client strengths and challenges
  • Specialized activities to support the client build higher levels of hope, which motivates and directs them towards accomplishing their job/career goals
  • Individualized training/action plans
  • 1:1 or small group instruction to develop the skills and knowledge to find, get and keep employment
  • Connections to community agencies to help address barriers
  • Paid onsite Work Exposure within the construction industry
  • Connections to employers in the construction industry that are currently hiring
  • Job Search Support
  • Post-employment – job retention support
  • Funding for short-term certification training (e.g., first aid, Construction Safety, forklift)

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support services and programs.

Eligibility Requirements:

You may be eligible to enroll if you are:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Resident of Alberta
  • Unemployed and legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have one or more barriers that impact your ability to find/keep employment
  • Willing to address your barriers and become employed after the program
  • Willing to obtain employment within the construction industry

Program Highlights

  • Designed to help individuals address their barriers to employment
  • Individualized training to increase skills, knowledge and attitudes for employment
  • Paid Work Exposure placements to facilitate real-world skills development
  • Access to community service providers to address barriers
  • Ongoing support and guidance, including after employment, is obtained
  • Offered at no cost
  • Funded by the Governments of Alberta and Canada


  • Continuous

    Job Opportunities:

    • General Labourer
    • Carpentry/Framer Helper
    • Trades Helper
    • Forklift Operator
    • Materials Handler
    • Insulation Installer
    • Concreate Former
    • Traffic Control Flagger
    • Landscape Labourer
    • Road Construction Labourers
    • Asphalt Worker
    • Renovation and Restoration Labourer
    • Administrative Support Roles

    Is this program the right option for me?

    If you are unemployed and struggle to find or keep employment due to one or more challenges/barriers but are ready to address those challenges, EPIC may be a great option to consider.


    Contact Information

    P 403-777-5633 | F 403-777-5655
    Email: epiccalgary@mcgcareers.com
    Address: 4th Floor – 602 12 Avenue SW, Calgary AB, T2R 1J3

    Learn More

    Interested in learning more about our Construction Pre-Trades Program? Fill out your information on the form below, and one of our career counselors will contact you within 24 business hours.

    EPIC Calgary



    I am writing this letter to your organization MCG to say thank you for providing me Construction Pre- Trades Program opportunity. As an intern within your organization I had an opportunity to gain significant construction skills that helped me not only to be hired in the field but also to lay a foundation of my future. My experience in MCG and SAIT has confirmed my career goal to become a carpenter. I found that throughout the program I enjoyed the hand-on aspects and was energised by the challenge of creatively doing things .I am truly grateful for the opportunity that you granted me. Once again thank you.”


    Previous Construction Pre Trades Client