Big Shout-out to all Automotive Service Preparation grads in Ministikwan

On March 31st SIIT completed the 2nd rural Automotive Service Preparation Program at Ministikwan First Nation. Seven students completed the program successfully and are now able to pursue work with their new skills.

Each graduate will receive credit for 360 apprenticeship trade time hours (once they are hired and indentured through an employer). The Automotive program also provides learners with hands on experience working with suspension & steering systems, brakes, electrical, basic maintenance and a 1 week work placement at nearby shops or dealerships.

“The benefit of the rural automotive training is that we are bringing the tools, equipment and skills right to the community,” said Sam Whitehawk, Trades & Industrial Coordinator.

“It’s easier completing training while being at home and not travelling to the city,” said graduate Keith Ernest. “The hands on work in the shop was most beneficial.”

Instructor Darren Cote covered many topics in the classroom as well as led many shop projects. Our program provides people in the community with free labour in exchange for experience working on vehicles. The class was able to work on over 70 vehicles from Ministikwan.

“I learned a lot, it was not like working on vehicles in the back yard. I learned to use the right tools and complete work the right way,” said Elmer Crookedneck (one of the graduates)

SIIT would like to thank the industry partners that took our students for the 1 week work placement:

Loon Lake, SK

  • Main Street Mechanical

Meadow Lake, SK

  • Eagle Creek GM
  • M & E Auto Repair
  • Northland Chrysler
  • OK Tire

Pierceland, SK

  • C King Performance