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Free job-readiness program to train workers in residential construction techniques

Anyone in Ontario can apply for 166 positions under Job-Ready Program

Ontario job-seekers interested in a career in residential construction can access free training and work placements through the Job-Ready Program.

Led by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), training under the Job-Ready Program lasts up to eight months and comprises in-class and on-site instruction in carpentry, drywall installation, cement working, framing, and heavy equipment operation.

The training is open to anyone living in Ontario, and is aimed at filling the gap of skilled construction workers in the residential building sector.

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

“The residential construction industry and its workers build a critical part of our communities – the homes that families across Ontario can call their own,” Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development, said in a news release.

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

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

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

Funding for this initiative comes from the Skills Development Fund.

Those interested in more information on the Job-Ready Program should contact Sajida Jiwani, chief operating officer of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, at [email protected] or 647-887-1279.

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