Program Overview

New Dawning: Indigenous Class 3

Program Length: 6 weeks*


Description: This six-week program provides you with essential safety certifications, theory and hands-on training needed to enter the industry and successfully obtain a Class 3 Driver’s License. At the end of this program, graduates will be able to drive and operate equipment such as snowplows, wireline trucks and hydrovacs. Our graduates are currently operating various types of equipment in construction and city maintenance.

This program is sponsored by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and Employment and Social Development Canada.

We were proud to work with a local Indigenous Elder to create the name for this program. New Dawning signifies the birthing of a new idea and relates to our mission of supporting Indigenous women through the process of starting a new career. Special thank you to Elder Starlight for your support of this program and new journey for women.  

What you need to apply: 
  • Must be off-reserve status and non-status First Nations, Métis, or Southern Inuit
  • Class 5 Driver's License 
  • A clean 5 year Driver's Abstract
  • Must be an Alberta resident
Here’s an overview of the documents and steps required for your application:  
  • Resume
  • Pre-interview
  • Interview
  • Successful pass of drug/alcohol & fitness test (50lbs lift/carry)
  • Successful pass of Government of Alberta’s Class 3 knowledge test
  • Career research
  • Successful pass of Essential Skills test (score within Level 2)
Program costs:  
  • Tuition for this program is sponsored by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Applicants are responsible for covering the costs of the Government of Alberta Class 3 Knowledge test and a driver’s abstract.
  • Additional funding and awards may be available to support living expenses while in the program.
Courses and Skills Learned: 
  • Basic safety certifications
  • Driver training and practice time with licensed drivers
  • Workplace culture and financial literacy
  • Interview & resume workshops to support employment
  • Ongoing mentorship and support through alumni advisors

*Following the 6-week program, students will complete the Government of Alberta's Class 3 licensing exam to obtain a Class 3 driver's license. Test scheduling is contingent on testing facility availability and may require some additional time.

Upon completion, graduates will be interviewed with WBF Employment Partners for potential employment as an entry level Driver & Operator.

How to Apply: We recommend attending an information session before beginning your application. You can register for an upcoming information session here.