Foundations for Trades

Foundations for Trades

We're actively recruiting participants who are over 18 years old for our final scheduled start date of January 8th, 2024. 

In partnership with the Ontario government's Skills Development Fund and Conestoga College, this program is designed to help job seekers kick start their careers in the construction industry.

The Foundations for Trades program will provide participants with five weeks of hands-on training in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical, job placement up to 4 weeks with a local employer in the construction sector. 

This program will train six cohorts of 18 people over a one-year period, setting up 105 local candidates for well-paying, good jobs in the red-hot construction sector and helping to ease the labour shortage conditions currently facing the skilled trades. Graduates will receive a Construction Foundations Certificate from Conestoga College.

The program is open to people who are 18+ years old who are currently unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week.

This is an Employment Ontario project and is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario through the Skills Development Fund, a more than $200 million initiative that supports innovative programs that connect job seekers with the skills and training they need to find well-paying careers close to home.

Interested in launching a lucrative career in the skilled trades? Reach out to Erin Jones at the Brant Employment Centre – or 519-756-7665 to get started.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eligibility Criteria

Over 18 years old, and have an interest in pursuing a career in construction.  Note:  if 18, candidates must have High School Diploma

Brant Employment Centre

1-225 Fairview Dr.
Brantford ON N3R 7E3

Caledonia Employment Centre

1-11 Argyle St. N.
Caledonia ON N3W 1B7

Dunnville Employment Centre

208 Broad St. E.
Dunnville ON N1A 1G2