Tomorrow’s Trades is a free workforce development pilot program brought to you by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. Tomorrow’s Trades was created to build pathways and remove barriers for those traditionally underrepresented in the skilled trades, including women, indigenous youth, black youth, persons with disabilities, newcomers, at-risk youth, returning veterans, reservists, cadets, and those from racialized communities. We want to equip those interested in pursuing a career in skilled trades with the construction sector essential skills needed to become a high-quality apprentice.
Through the Tomorrow’s Trades application process, we will recruit and select candidates based on a series of assessments and interviews. If you’re successful, you will then participate in a pre-apprenticeship program that will equip you with the skills you need to ensure you’re job-ready by the end of the program. Participants will be given a daily per diem during the duration of the program, and will also receive support beyond the per diem by being outfitted with all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including their own safety boots, and upon successful application to an apprenticeship we will provide them with a full set of entry tools for the specific trade they start.
Our program offers participants hands-on experience to discover a range of trades at various training centres, the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, and gain and develop essential construction skills. Participants will get a chance to learn the key to being successful as an apprentice. Our program can even lead to a union-sponsored apprenticeship. Participants will also be supported with coaching and mentorship, and will engage with skilled trade professionals to learn about what a career in trades actually entails.