Gabriel Dumont Institute developed and delivered the GDI Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative between 2011 and 2014 with special funding from the federal Skills and Partnership Fund.
The goals of the Initiative included having 140 apprentices indentured with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission (SATCC), and partnering with at least 60 individual companies in 17 different industries. The GDI Initiative met and or exceeded all the targets. It placed 223 Aboriginal clients with employers, of which 157 were indentured. It also partnered with 135 employers in 17 different trades.