Tyler Thomson

Apprentice Electrician Written March 2018

“Thank you Trade Winds and the staff at the IBEW 424”- Tyler Thomson

My name is Tyler Thomson from Spruce Grove Parkland County. Im a 26 years old,a father of 2 little girls. My band is Kainai First Nation known also as The Blood Tribe located in Standoff, hour southwest from Lethbridge.

I heard about Trade Winds To Success through a friend who had a cousin successfully complete the carpentry class. I was unsure of what trade I wanted to learn and participate in. Through research and talking with friends in the field, I decided the Electrician Trade was what suited me.

Trade Winds has a great program to get you ready for any Trade. Ben is a fun and knowledgeable instructor. I enjoyed my time in his classroom. Trade Winds prepared us with the Car-hart apparell and Rated Steel toe boots before sending us off to the 424 Electrical Union. The staff at Trade Winds created an atmosphere of pure support and learning.

The IBEW 424 local union, gave me the education for the electrical trade. I was given certification in Arial Platform, Fall Arrest , Harness Training and Arc flash Awareness. This was enough certification that raised a few eyebrows when I was applying for jobs. My Union Instructors, Alf Richards and Bruce Lee both who were Red Seal Journeymen, guided me to become a proficient and confident Electrical Apprentice. They installed in me good habits and safety practices. I have learned how to bend conduit, wire multiple receptacles, switches and lighting outlets.

I owe my employment to Trade Winds To Success. My time with the Trade Winds Staff I will miss. They identified the goals within myself and carved a path for me to follow, arming me with the required tools needed for my future career. I have and will be recommending this program to family, friends and strangers. To any inspiring applicants, attend every class, everyday. Pay attention and have fun.