STOUFFVILLE, ONT. — The provincial government is investing almost $3 million to give 166 jobseekers free training and work experience in residential construction across Ontario through the Job-Ready Program, led by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA).
The program aims to connect trainees with careers in carpentry, drywall installation, cement working, framing and heavy equipment operation, indicates a Dec. 7 release.
Those who participate in the program, which is offered through the government’s Skills Development Fund, will learn about general homebuilding techniques, how to work with power tools, different products in construction and health and safety on the job. Training will take about eight months and will be delivered in the classroom, on construction jobsites from experienced tradespeople and virtual training will also be available.
The OHBA will work with homebuilder associations and community partners across Ontario to identify regions and employers most in need of skilled workers in residential construction to take part in the program.
Participating employers can hire job-ready talent at the end of the program and will be reimbursed up to 30 per cent of the employee’s pay to a maximum of $3,000, the release states.
“The Job-Ready Program is an important support to help bring eager entry-level employees into Ontario’s home construction sector,” said OHBA President Bob Schickedanz in a statement. “With 166 participants in the program and over 40 per cent of those from underrepresented groups, the Job-Ready Program through the provincial Skills Development Fund is helping unlock new opportunities for in-demand and rewarding careers in communities across Ontario.”
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