Employment Preparation for Careers in Construction

A workforce development program preparing individuals with challenges to finding employment 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 multiple barriers to employment. Barriers can be described as the challenges that prevent the person from being employed, maintaining employment, or advancing their career. Common barriers could include but are not limited to lack of education or employability skills, mental health issues, criminal record, recovering from addiction, disabilities, or poor attitude towards employment. 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 within the construction industry.

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, obtain and retain employment
  • Connections to community agencies to help address barriers
  • Paid Work Exposure
  • 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 Province of Alberta in partnership with the Government of 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 780-448-1380 | F 780-448-1392
      Email: epicedmonton@mcgcareers.com
      Address: 11th Floor, 10109 – 106 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 3L7

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      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 - Edmonton


      This class was amazing. The teachers are great and I learned so much, not only about carpentry, but also about myself. I got to meet some of the most amazing people and truly believe that enrolling in this course was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I don’t know where my life would’ve gone without MCG and I’m happy that I don’t need to find out.”                                                                                                             


      Previous Construction Pre Trades Client