Orientation to Trades & Technology

Take the next step to career discovery! 

Since the launch of Orientation to Trades & Technology, over 1,000 women have completed the program.



Are you a woman or gender-diverse individual ready to explore career options and opportunities in the technology and trade sector? Then, WRDC’s Orientation to Trades and Technology (OTT) program is for you!

OTT is a 16-week career development program funded by the provincial government. It is an opportunity to explore numerous technology and skilled trade programs and learn firsthand what it’s like to pursue an education and career in these exciting sectors.

Who should apply?

You should apply if you are:

  • Unemployed, underemployed, or working less than 20 hours a week*
  • Not in school or community college program**
  • A resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Entitled to work in Canada

*Eligible applicants must meet the definition of an EI insured participant (currently in receipt of EI or has had an open EI claim within past 5 years); and/or Income Support recipients or people who are at risk of receiving Income Support and are non-EI eligible.

**If you are completing an Adult Basic Education program, you are encouraged to speak with a CDP to explore your options.

What does OTT involve? What will I be doing for 16 weeks?

Career Exploration on Campus

Explore numerous technology and skilled trade programs, in a safe and supportive environment, at College of the North Atlantic campuses. Programs vary by campus and may include:

  • Agriculture Technician
  • Auto Body & Collision Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Carpenter
  • Computer Systems & Networking
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Industrial & Residential Electrician
  • Industrial Millwright
  • Machinist
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mining Engineering Technician
  • Mobile Crane Operator
  • Non-destructive Testing Technician
  • Powerline Technician
  • Welder
  • Safety Certifications

Safety Certifications

You will receive safety certifications in:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Traffic Control Person I
  • Powerline Hazards
  • Psychological First Aid Self-Care

Beyond the Campus

OTT takes you beyond the classroom to explore a variety of worksites and employers through workplace visits. This is an excellent opportunity to make valuable connections and expand your support network.

Job Shadow Experience

Gain experience in an industry that matches your skills and interests through job shadowing. This is based on the availability of workplaces in your local area.

Enhanced Skills

Develop and enhance your essential skills and employment readiness. OTT covers a variety of academic topics, including fundamental math concepts, workplace-based math, and computer essentials.

Personal Development

Participation in individual and class activities can help with self-development. Development areas include:

  • Diversity and inclusion practices
  • Creating a respectful workplace
  • Exploring interests, values, skills, and personal qualities
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Communication skills and conflict resolution
  • Setting goals for your career journey

After OTT

No matter what direction you take, our CDP’s are always here to support you! They can help you transition into training or employment and assist in career path development.

LocationApplication DeadlineStart Date
Prince Philip DriveJuly 2, 2024August 2024
Happy Valley-Goose BayJuly 2, 2024August 2024
Prince Philip DriveTBDJanuary 2025
PlacentiaTBDJanuary 2025
Bay St. GeorgeTBDJanuary 2025

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