Apr 21, 2017
By Dylan Pelletier
Dumont Technical Institute is proud to host a Construction Worker Preparation program in La Loche, SK. The program runs from March 1 to June 23, 2017. The classroom is located in the Dumont Technical Institute Building in La Loche. The program is being brokered through Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT).
There are 12 local residents, nine men and three women, taking the program and Chester Herman is the instructor. Chester is a Journeyman Carpenter and local Dene Métis man. He has worked as a carpenter in the community for many years and has valuable contacts with several local employers. The students and Dumont Technical Institute are happy to have him as an instructor.
The students will spend the first two months of the program learning construction theory and basic tool safety. They will receive a week of construction mathematics lessons from Ray Field and another week of safety ticket training. The students will have several construction projects to keep them busy this spring including hands-on experience at the La Loche Dumont Technical Institute Building expansion. They will also be constructing several garden sheds, many of which will be donated to the community.
As well, the students will construct a fence around a housing property which the Institute owns in La Loche. They may also have time to build picnic tables and bookshelves for the community. These amazing projects will give the students quality experience and prepare them for work in the construction industry.
Upon graduation, the students will leave the program with a pair of work boots, tool belt, and several hand tools to take with them. This equipment will make the students work ready on the day of graduation. The students will also receive 300 hours towards a Level 1 Carpentry Apprenticeship. Dumont Technical Institute is proud to offer this program which will provide valuable job skills to local Métis men and women while benefiting the community with several small carpentry jobs.