With close to 85 per cent of training happening on-the-job, the construction industry depends on workplace experience to keep the northern construction sector’s economic health growing. Recent projections estimate that the industry needs to recruit 309,000 new construction workers over the next decade (2021 to 2030). These numbers are driven predominantly by the expected retirement of 22 per cent of the current labour force (259,100 workers). The department of Education, Culture and Employment estimates there will be 9,562 job openings for those with a College Diploma, Skilled Trades and Occupational Certification in the territory over the next 15 years. Those estimated job openings coming to the skilled trades means there is a great deal of career opportunity in the construction sector.  


The NNCA Scholarship Program was developed to promote post-secondary education in construction industry trades. Every year NNCA gives out up to $5,000 to help students and tradespeople build their careers in construction. The scholarship can be applied to tuition, textbooks, and/or other educational purposes for entry into a construction trades apprenticeship or related program.

NWT and Nunavut Industry Scholarship Program applicants must have proof of enrolment into a construction trades apprenticeship or related program.

NWT and Nunavut Student Scholarship Program applicants must be currently attending an educational institution with plans to work in the construction industry, including High School and College/University students. Students must be permanent residents of their respective territory to apply and proof of enrolment is required.

The deadline for applications is May 30.
Successful applicants will be notified by August 15.

NNCA’S Education Committee relies on the recommendations and information provided to them by referees and the quality and accuracy of each reference is very important to the candidate’s application.

You can upload a reference letter with the scholarship application, or you can have your reference fill out a Reference Letter form.

Please have your reference answer the following questions:
How long you have known the applicant and in what capacity.
A description of the applicant’s personal character, from your perspective.
Any special circumstances or achievements the referee thinks the selection committee should consider.
Description of the applicant’s interest in the pursuit of a career in the construction industry.


Northwest Territories Apprenticeship – The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE), through the Labour Development and Standards Division, administers the Northwest Territories Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupation Certification (AOC) Program. AOC is an industry-driven partnership that ensures a highly skilled workforce in 53 designated trades and 25 occupations. 

Nunavut Apprenticeship – The Department of Family Services’ Apprenticeship Unit supports skilled workers and apprentices on their way to becoming journeypersons either with or without their Interprovincial Standards Red Seal certification. The Apprenticeship Unit also certifies eligible trade occupations.

Red Seal Program – Sets common standards to assess the skills of tradespeople across Canada. Tradespersons who have successfully passed the Red Seal examination receive a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial/territorial trade certificate. This indicates that a tradesperson has demonstrated the knowledge required for the national standard in the trade.

Blue Seal Program – The Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Program is a credential offered by NWT Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupation Certification (ATOC) to individuals with a valid Journeyperson Certificate, Occupational Certificate, or another valid trade certificate recognized in the NWT. Certification in this program demonstrates that a journeyperson or recognized trade certificate holder has successfully achieved a reasonable level of business education (150 hours) and knowledge of various approved business subject areas.