Skill-Based Training and Employment Support for Careers in Construction


Program Overview

The SkillBuild program offers participant intake, assessment, technical and soft skills training tailored to industry demands, a 2-week work experience, and ongoing employment support. It focuses on hands-on learning for immediate employment in construction.

This program offers each program participant:

  • In-depth assessments to identify client strengths and challenges
  • Specialized activities to support the client and direct them towards accomplishing their job/career goals
  • Individualized training/action plans
  • Group instruction in soft skills and industry-recognized technical training through ACTI
  • Paid Work Exposure with Employers who are actively hiring
  • Connection to employers in the construction industry that are currently hiring
  • Job Search Support
  • Post-employment – job retention support

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:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Unemployed or underemployed (working on average less than 20 hours per week over the last 12 weeks)
  • A resident of Alberta
  • Deemed to meet citizenship requirements (e.g. Canadian citizen, permanent resident or convention refugee) and legally entitled to work and train in Canada
  • Ready, willing and able to participate in a full-time training program
  • Ready, willing and able to work full-time at a minimum of 30 hours per week

In addition to the eligibility criteria, the following factors are important for individuals to be considered for the program:

  • Strong interest and ability to work in the Construction industry
  • Able to climb on scaffolding (not afraid of heights)
  • Minimum Grade 10 education
  • Sufficient English (CLB 6 preferred)
  • Lack of current vocational skills
  • Able to pass random drug testing for employment
  • Driver’s license preferred

Program Highlights

  • Industry recognized hands-on technical training with required certification such as First Aid, Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and more.
  • Workplace Essential Skills Training
  • 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

    The skills learned can be transferred into areas such as electrical, welding, plumbing helpers, general construction-related installation and/or service roles such as home and building construction worker, exterior cladder, solar heating equipment installer, cabinetry, recreation structure erector, siding, floor covering, heating and ventilation, general maintenance, septic systems, water conditioners servicer, water heater servicer, etc.

    Is this program the right option for me?

    If you are looking for an opportunity to develop the skills, certifications and experience to obtain employment in residential, commercial and industrial construction related roles SkillBuild is the right program for you.


    Contact Information

    P 780-448-1380 | F 780-448-1392
    Address: 11th Floor, 10109 – 106 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 3L7

    Learn More

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


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    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.”                                                                                                             


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