SKILLED TRADES EXPLORATION FOR NEWCOMERS

Free program for newcomers

SKILLED TRADES | Exploration for Newcomers

Join our Free Skilled Trades Exploration for Newcomers Program! 

This 8-week program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and is available to newcomers who are interested in learning more about construction, manufacturing and electrical skilled trades careers in Ontario. 
 
For a complete list of the 140 skilled trades fields across Canada, visit www.skilledtradesontario.ca 

You will learn and practice: 

  • Overview of the Canadian skilled trades field 
  • Job-specific language related to construction, manufacturing and electrical trades 
  • Skilled trades pathways to employment 
  • Exploration of the construction labour market 
  • Enhanced knowledge of Canadian workplace culture 
  • Health & safety overview in the construction field 
  • Canadian employer expectations, standards and laws 
  • Job search strategies 
  • Resume and cover letters 
  • Conversation skills 
  • Job interview skills and practice 
  • Connection to employers 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Adult immigrants (18+) who are residents of Ontario
  • Naturalized Canadian citizens, permanent residents, convention refugees or refugee claimants
  • VISA Permit holders admitted under a federal caregiver program with a pathway to permanent residency
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4+
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above including having a CLB Level 4+ and you are interested in pursuing a career in construction, manufacturing or electrical trades, then this program might be for you.

Program Sessions:

  1. Feb 5, 2024 – Mar 29, 2024 - This sessino is full
  2. May 27, 2024 – July 19, 2024 - We are now accepting registrations for May 2024

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday 9:00 AM  -  2:30 PM 

Location

Program is held in-person and on-line. 
 
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday on-line via Zoom
  • Wednesday in person at 3350 South Service Road, Burlington ON L7N 3M6 

We are now accepting applications for May 2024

Please note that applying does NOT guarantee the acceptance in the program. Limited spaces available.
 

APPLY HERE


Employment Outlook and Information about the different trades

What does an Industrial Millwright Mechanic do?
Millwrights maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery, equipment and systems and are often involved with installing, maintaining, repairing and removing equipment. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns. According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information,  hourly rates for Industial Electrician range from 20.00 - 45.00 per hour across Canada.  

What does an Industrial Electrician do?
Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards and other commercial and industrial establishments. According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information,  hourly rates for Industial Electrician range from 25.64 - 50.00 per hour across Canada.  

What does a Residential Electrician do?
Electricians lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments, or they may be self-employed. Apprentices are also included in this unit group. 

According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information, hourly rates for Residential Electrician range from 18.00 - 46.00 per hour across Canada.  For Electricians, over the period 2022-2031, new job openings are expected to total 45,600, while 37,200 new job seekers are expected to be available to fill them. 

What does a Machinist do?
Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products with precise dimensions. Machining and tooling inspectors inspect machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards. They are employed by machinery, equipment, motor vehicle, automotive parts, aircraft and other metal products manufacturing companies and by machine shops. According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information,  hourly rates for Industial Electrician range from 19.00- 38.00 per hour across Canada.

Industrial Millwright Mechanic and Electrician are both red seal trades; this means that you can travel across Canada with these apprenticeships.

There are many opportunities for Millwrights and Electricians; they can work in diverse settings including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills and many production and manufacturing facilities – essentially anywhere where machinery is used!

What does a Carpenter do? 
Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials. They are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed. Apprentices are also included in this unit group. 

According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information, hourly rates for a Carpenter range from 19.00 - 40.00 per hour across Canada.  For Carpenters, over the period 2022-2031, new job openings are expected to total 37,900, while 32,800 new job seekers are expected to be available to fill them. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Will the program be delivered online or in person?
Typically, the program is scheduled to be in-person, with the occasional online sessions.
However, we reserve the right to adjust the delivery method as needed.
 
What is the address of the training facility?
3350 South Service Rd, Burlington, ON for in person instruction Monday to Thursday.  
On-line sessions on Fridays.
 
Is the training facility bus accessible?
Yes, however, please make sure to check bus schedules ahead of time.
 
Is there parking available at the training facility?
There is free parking available.
 
Can I pursue a career in skilled trades upon program completion?
The focus of this program is to assist participants to explore the skilled trades fields in Canada or to get on the path to a career in their skilled trades profession. 
 
How does Centre for Skills help with my job search?
Participants will receive assistance to create a career action plan and connect them to employers. Participants will also have access to a variety of workshops to help them prepare to job search and work in the industry.
 
Are there any costs associated with taking the program?
There is no cost on the participant to attend the training. It is important to note that there will still be living costs associated to being part of the program such as transportation.


Need more information?

If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact Jis Kuruvilla at jis.kuruvilla@centreforskills.ca or call 905-333-3499 x 117.



This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.