Program Objective

Participants will become equipped with the basic skills required to secure a position as a welding apprentice.


Course Overview

Participants will study the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Intro to welding and cutting processes
  • Shielded metal arc welding – flat applications
  • Computer applications
  • Essentials of workplace communication
  • Weld applications – horizontal and vertical
  • Weld quality
  • Mechanical repair technologies
  • Intro to gas metal arc welding

Program Supports

  • Accommodations (for out of town client’s only)
  • Mileage (based off of NPAAMB policy and individual assessment)
  • Bus pass (for local travel) and PPE (safety equipment)
  • Earn up to $300 per week

*Please note that NPAAMB training supports available will be reviewed on an individual basis. As well, any or all program supports will require a T4A to be issued by NPAAMB to the participants for income tax declaration purposes as required by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Program Cost

$13,000 – $15,000 tuition fee is 100% covered by NPAAMB for eligible clients.

Am I Eligible?

  1. Senior level high school or equivalent.
  2. Willingness to complete academic upgrading prior to the start of training and during training.
  3. Meet the minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements:
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).
    4. 18 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection.
    5. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed.
  4. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed.
  5. Strong desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career goals.
  6. Commitment to full attendance
  7. Willing to accept an 8-week work placement outside of city of residence.
  8. Willing to relocate for employment after completion of the program.
  9. G2 driver’s license strongly encouraged

*Please note that all applicants will be required to take an essential skills and academic assessment to determine their suitability for this program.

How to Register

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer and schedule your intake appointment.


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  • I had heard about welding through a friend beforehand and then was encouraged by my YSO to enroll after I met with her to discuss job opportunities. I knew this program was a great opportunity once we looked into it more. The hands-on training is my favourite because you get a real feel for the industry and, personally, I need that hands-on training aspect to keep me engaged. This program has helped me get one step closer to becoming a welder which is something that I have wanted over the last year. I was a little nervous at first in regard to the schooling aspect because I felt like I wasn’t fully prepared, but you get out what you put in and hard work in this program really does pay off. If you enjoy welding already or have done it before, this program is definitely something that you want to get into!

    Josh Males

  • For me the Pipe Dreams Welding Program was a great opportunity to get into the trades. Before starting the program, I didn’t have any experience in welding specifically, but all of the work experience I did have was hands-on. I knew I wanted to get into something that had a future and a career and welding is an industry that is going to be around for a while. My favourite part about this program is being in the shop and actually getting to practice. Getting to know not only welding, but how exactly the machines work, what affects them, and getting to know firsthand everything that I would need know to be successful in my job. At first, I was a little nervous because it had been years since I had any experience with welding specifically, and I wasn’t sure how well I would do keeping up with the heavy workload. But after seeing how I progressed, and how much my weld improved over the course, I really began to gained confidence apply myself 100 per cent. To other students who are on the fence about enrolling in the program, try and test your boundaries a little bit, get yourself out of your comfort zone, because it’s a great opportunity and if you jump on it you’ll thank yourself in the end!

    Syvester Campanella

  • If it wasn't for Trevor Martin and the team at NPAAMB I wouldn't be where I am today.  I got a second chance at achieving what I wanted for a career. Before NPAAMB I was heading down a bad path, involving drugs and alcohol.  Since being in the Pipe Dreams Welding Program, I've taken it a lot more serious this time around.  I knew this was my chance to get on a better path, one that I know I should be on. This opportunity gave me a feeling of self worth again and I'm happy to say I've completely quit drugs and only have the occasional drink now.  I'm currently working with NPL, which is a very well known piping company.  I'm in the process of working towards getting my welding certificate to weld pressure vessel pipe. Through this program I've also had the opportunity of upgrading my welding certifications, from flat and horizontal, and to my all position certificates. This experience has been amazing. I've achieved so much personal growth in myself, along with making connections, networking, and getting my name and work ethic out there.  Pipe Dreams and NPAAMB have created amazing opportunities for the urban Indigenous youth of Ontario.  For the youth that enjoy welding, I highly encourage them to get involved in this program!

    Thank you NPAAMB for the great experience.

    Kristin Greene

  • 21-weeks ago, if you would have told me I would be starting my lifelong career while obtaining six welding tickets I would not have believed you. For someone who had never turned on a welding machine, let alone welded anything at all, that says a lot about the program that was offered to me. From the teaching and instructing offered by T.T.A. to the moral and financial support offered by NPAAMB and our Youth Service Officer's, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was also a life-changing experience. I am now currently in my ninth week with Link Line LTD., hired on full-time, making a phenomenal income, living a happy comfortable life.

    I have recently been approved for a line of credit through the bank, and am making plans to be living in a new house to call my own by the new year. All of this within less than a year of completing the pre-apprenticeship program. I wish to extend my gratitude and thanks again to each and every one of you that was involved, from our instructor Claudio who taught me more than I could ever imagine, to the rest of the NPAAMB staff for the countless hours you put toward my success, and everyone in the background, thank you again. It was a pleasure and great honour to be involved in such an excellent program!,

    Matthew LaForme