Free employment preparation program to train workers in home construction techniques

Anyone in Ontario can apply for 166 positions under the Employment Preparation Program.

Ontario job seekers interested in a career in home construction can access free training and internships through the Job-Ready program.

Led by the Ontario Home Builders Association, Training under the Job-Ready program lasts up to eight months and includes classroom and on-site courses in carpentry, drywall installation, cement, framing and heavy equipment operation.

The training is open to anyone living in Ontario and is designed to address the shortage of skilled construction workers in the residential construction industry.

To support the initiative, the Ontario government announced $ 3 million in funding on December 7, which will cover the cost of training 166 participants.

“The home construction industry and its workers build a vital part of our communities – the homes that families across Ontario can call their own,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labor, Training and Development skills, in a press release.

“As more of these workers retire, we need talented people to fill their boots. Our government is giving people a helping hand towards well-paying and rewarding careers so they can build better lives and more homes for all of us.

Employers participating in the program will be eligible to hire graduates, and up to 30 percent of the employee’s salary will be reimbursed through the program, up to a maximum of $ 3,000.

According to provincial figures, Ontario will be short of more than 100,000 construction workers over the next few years, including in the residential construction sector.

Funding for this initiative comes from the Skills Development Fund.

Those interested in learning more about the bridging program should contact Sajida Jiwani, Director of Operations for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, at [email protected] or 647-887-1279.

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association is the voice of the home construction industry in Ontario, representing 4,000 member companies organized into 27 local associations across the province.

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