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OCNI/FNPA Skills Development Program: Indigenous & Women Skilled Trade Development Pathway to the Nuclear Industry / Clean Energy Sector

The Project:

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), in partnership with First Nations Power Authority (FNPA), was awarded a Skills Development Fund grant by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to recruit, train, and place women and Indigenous people, two traditionally underrepresented groups, into skilled trades positions to support nuclear life-extension projects. This project, Indigenous & Women Skilled Trade Development Pathway to the Nuclear / Clean Energy Sector, will create education and employment opportunities in skilled trades, provide pre-employment soft-skill and hard-skill training, experiential learning experiences, and potential future training opportunities within trade apprenticeships.

Within this project, three program streams are available. Please see below for program details.

Interested applicants for either program are required to complete an application form. Completed application forms can be sent to OCNI Manager, Indigenous Engagement and Special Projects, Terri-Lynn Woods.

Women in Trades

The Women in trades Readiness Program, in partnership with UBC2222 and VPI Working Solutions, is a workshop series featuring job development support, safety certifications, introduction to carpentry crafts workshop, and job placement.  It provides women an opportunity to learn about and explore a career in the trades and provides the basic skills to work in the nuclear industry.  The program is free, and funding is available for transportation, personal protective equipment, and childcare.  Applications are being accepted for the Kincardine class starting in September 2021.

Indigenous Apprenticeship Program

OCNI is accepting applications for Indigenous candidates interested in a Carpentry or Electrical Apprenticeship.  An apprenticeship is a pathway to a rewarding career in the trades.  Apprentices learn the trade by working under the direction of an experienced worker – and get paid while doing it.  The apprenticeship program consists of on the job-learning and trade school terms.  The program is free, and funding is available for transportation, personal protective equipment, and childcare.  Successful candidates will be hired as an apprentice with a nuclear supplier company.  Positions are available in Bruce County and in Durham Region.  The deadline for applications is August 27, 2021.

Indigenous Project Coordinator/Scheduler Program

OCNI is accepting applications for Indigenous candidates interested in the Project Coordinator / Scheduler program.  This program features job development support, Primavera P6 training, and job placement.  The program is free, and funding is available for transportation and child-care.  Applications are being accepted until September 17th for online training starting in Fall 2021.


Thank you to all applicants who apply. Only eligible applicants who meet the program requirements will be accepted.