Christopher Phillips, who is Métis, completed the Edmonton pre-apprentice pipe trades program in 2013 and is currently taking his second-period training.
Before starting the program, Chris was working in reclamation, dealing with drilling waste. At that time, he did not know what he wanted to do in life. Chris had seen a Trade Winds pamphlet at Alberta Works and was motivated to apply because he liked the variety of training available in the pipe trades program.
In the program, Chris enjoyed many aspects, including the hands-on training, math, and use of hand tools. He notes that the program opened his eyes to different opportunities, allowing him to find his true calling, something that people may take a lifetime to find.
Chris has the following message for future clients:
Before getting into Trade Winds, I had just gotten out of a treatment center. I had good intentions, an open mind, and the willingness to see what a future would hold for me. I couldn’t see past that before. With the use of simple tools that I learned from my spiritual program, I was able to go forth with this education and proceed into a career.
As a person coming in, I’d make use of all the tools that they have to offer here. The workers here also helped me with personal issues as well. In other words, it helped in all aspects of my life. You ask for the help and it will be received.