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Homebuilders, Niagara College offer training for drywallers and roofers

Homebuilders, Niagara College offer training for drywallers and roofers

WELLAND, ONT.The Niagara Homebuilders Association, in partnership with Niagara College, is offering 80 participants in the Niagara Region the opportunity to get the skills they need for careers as roofers and drywall installers.

The Ontario government investing over $1.2 million in the training through the Skills Development Fund.

Participants will receive their technical training at the School of Trades at Niagara College where they can pursue either roofing or drywall installation based on their interests, indicates a release, adding for eight weeks participants will take courses on health and safety, tools and techniques, and other skills specific to their trade, which both pay $27 an hour on average.

Each participant will receive a hard hat, steel-toed safety boots, safety glasses and professional-grade tools they need to perform their training. Following the training they will transition to a six-week paid job placement with a local employer in the community. Employers are eligible for up to $5,000 per participant to offset wages paid.

“All across our province, we continue to see a shortage of workers in the skilled trades, for many life-long careers that pay six figures with defined benefits and pensions,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development, in a statement. “These unfilled jobs cost our economy billions in lost productivity and mean families are waiting longer for the goods and services they need.”

To apply, contact Alicia Dimitrov-Lawrence at Alicia@nhba.ca or 905 646-6281.

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