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Lethbridge FIRST

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The goal is to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in hiring first year apprentices in construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades.

Diversity and inclusion workshops are available to SMEs to enhance inclusive workspaces.

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  • Small and medium sized enterprise (SME) will receive $5,000 once terms of agreement are met
  • SMEs can receive additional $5,000 if new hire is from an equity deserving group
  • Support and guidance provided by the Lethbridge FIRST recruiter, as required


  • People eligible to be a registered apprentice in 1 of 39 construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a new hire, or a labourer being rehired as a registered apprentice
  • Can have experience in another trade however entering a new trade as a first

Equity Deserving Groups

  • Women
  • Indigenous People
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Visible Minorities
  • LGBTQ2+
  • Newcomers

Red Seal Trades Covered - 1 of 39 Construction and Manufacturing Red Seal trades


  • Boilermaker
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Welder
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Refrigeration and AC Mechanic
  • Construction Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Landscape Horticulturist
  • Roofer
  • Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
  • Glazier
  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Insulator (Heat and Frost)
  • Gasfitter A
  • Gasfitter B
  • HEO Dozer
  • HEO Excavator
  • Mobile Crane Operator
  • Construction Craft Worker
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Tile Setter
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • Tower Crane Operator
  • Powerline Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Bricklayer
  • Ironworker Generalist
  • Ironworker Reinforcing
  • Ironworker S/O


  • Boilermaker
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Welder
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Refrigeration and AC Mechanic
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician
  • Machinist
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)