African Nova Scotians in the Trades

There are excellent opportunities for African Nova Scotians in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program, or you may have significant experience in a trade and be interested in obtaining certification. The Agency is committed to engage with communities and organizations to connect African Nova Scotian youth and career seekers to opportunities in the skilled trades. A key partner in providing Afrocentric trades refresher programs in HRM is the East Preston Empowerment Academy (EPEA). Visit EPEA's webpage for Pathways to Shipbuilding for African Nova Scotians, to learn about a program that has been designed to offer successful students the opportunity to build a lasting career in shipbuilding.

Apprenticeship KickStart Events

NSAA works in partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and the Black Business Initiative to deliver Apprenticeship KickStart events that promote apprenticeship and skilled trades careers to youth and career seekers. Events include guest speakers, fun activities and success stories told by apprentices and certified tradespersons. Events have been held in Sydney, Truro and Digby. We can also arrange visits to the Trades Exhibition Hall or have the Mobile Construction Experience come to your community. If your community is interested in a KickStart event, please email us.

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Success Story

Jarred O’Connor, Bricklayer

Jarred O’Connor explains the apprenticeship pathway.

Success Story

Chad Carrington, Red Seal Carpenter

Chad Carrington explains the trade and the benefits of apprenticeship training.

Success Story

Chyenne McPherson, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

Success Story

Apie N’Da, Red Seal Hairstylist