From November 2013 to March 2014 Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF) in partnership with the Government of Manitoba ran the Entrepreneurship in the Skilled Trades 1-year Pilot Project in rural Manitoba. This initiative was created to compliment the Journeyperson Business Start Program and was intended to engage, encourage and give young people in the trades the skills they need to a start a business or become a better employee.

The program’s main component was a  two-day educational for post-graduates or recent graduates of skilled trades programs. These sessions were held in Winkler, Brandon, Steinbach, and Dauphin, Manitoba.

With over 25 people in attendance across our four workshops, we received great recommendations from attendees, community partners, educational institutions, and workshop facilitators whose feedback will be used to assist in the guidance of future programs or projects to support this sector.

We wish to thank all of the contributors to this project including our local community partners, the Brandon University Rural Development Institute (RDI) who developed and delivered the workshops and the Government of Manitoba.

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