To help the youth in treatment at the Portage Atlantic drug addiction rehabilitation centre to plan for their schooling and career after rehab, the centre organises activities and programming that can give them ideas about the types of jobs that are currently being recruited for.
A Trades Orientation Program was offered to the youth in treatment at Portage Atlantic for the first time in 2013 by New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The seven-week program provided hands-on learning to students with an interest in the skilled trades. Thanks to in-kind contributions from several Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification partners, residents were exposed to carpentry, electrical, and plumbing trades. Through the program, they gutted an existing building and received donated materials, tools, and labour from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Stanley Black & Decker, to build a shop.