Frequently Asked Questions
Application and Qualifications:
Who can apply to the Tomorrow’s Trades program?
Interested applicants looking to explore the skilled trades between the ages of 18 and 36 are encouraged to apply.
Why should I apply to the program?
The program offers participants an opportunity to explore a variety of skilled trades in a hands-on learning environment. This type of exploration with the individual trades will allow participants to understand what a career in the trades entails over the length of the apprenticeship journey and ultimately over an entire career.
I currently work in a trade – do I qualify for the program?
If you have already completed an apprenticeship or are in an apprenticeship, you do not qualify for the program.
I don’t currently work in a trade – do I qualify for the program?
Yes, Tomorrow’s Trades provides pre-apprenticeship style training. The program is designed to develop your Construction Essential Skills, enhance your knowledge of the trade, and help you find out what trade you should pursue.
What are the steps to completing the application?
- Visit tomorrowstrades.ca, click “apply now” and you will be redirected to the application page.
- Fill out the application form and attach your resume.
- Receive a link from SkillPlan via email which outlines the details of a practice assessment and the real assessment.
- Prepare for the assessment by completing the practice assessment.
- Complete the real assessment by December 23, 2021, which will conclude your application.
Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee to apply. Instead, you will receive travel support and a daily per diem to help you during this journey. A starter tool kit, work boots and the necessary PPE are provided as part of this program.
How long does it take to apply?
To apply, candidates must fill out a short application form, approximately 5-10 minutes, and an assessment at a later date and time. The assessment should take approximately one hour to one and a half hours to complete, although applicants have up to three hours to complete the assessment.
What is involved in the assessment?
There is a math component and a literacy component. It is not a test of ability, rather it is a test to see where the individual is at in terms of their skills, and in what ways we can help with improving their skills, known as upskilling. Upskilling is aimed to prepare the participants for the different types of entrance assessments and processes for the different trades.
While applicants have up to three hours to complete the assessment, it should take approximately one hour to one and a half hours to complete. Please remember that the purpose of the assessment is to measure the applicant’s current knowledge so we can help them upskill throughout the program. Applicants should take their time completing the assessment and need not rush.
What is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to submit your application and resume, and complete the assessment for our London and Ottawa winter programs is December 23, 2021.
My application is complete, what happens next?
Applications including completed assessments will be reviewed by our intake committee. If the application is successful, you will be invited for an interview as a next step.
When will I know if I have been accepted to the program?
The application deadline is December 23, 2021. After that, we will contact those who were successful in the process and have been selected for the program on January 5, 2022.
I was accepted into the Tomorrow’s Trades program, what’s next?
Once accepted you will be notified of the program start date and location and be provided with the contact information for your construction liaison.
I wasn’t accepted into the Tomorrow’s Trades program – can I apply again?
You may apply again for our next intake.
Do I need to be vaccinated in order to participate in the program?
Yes. With training centres and post-secondary institutions requiring proof of vaccination for attending training, all participants for Tomorrow’s Trades must be vaccinated 14 days prior to the start of the course (therefore, participants will need to have received their second vaccine on or before August 24, 2021) If you are unable to be vaccinated the program will work with you and the training centres to accommodate.
How do I know if the Tomorrow’s Trades program is right for me?
If any of the following apply to you, this program may be right for you:
● You are interested in or intrigued by a career in the construction skilled trades but have no experience in them or do not know where to start
● You consider yourself a hands-on learner
● You want to work in the skilled trades but don’t know which trade to pursue
● You are uncertain of which skilled trades you can pursue
● You tried skilled trades preparation in high school and liked it, but didn’t know where to go from there
● You are willing to commit to starting work every day at 7 a.m.
Does the Tomorrow’s Trades program cost anything to participate in?
No, the program is free.
When does the Tomorrow’s Trades program start?
Tomorrow’s Trades next training program is scheduled to begin on January 10, 2022. It will run for 12 weeks, ending on March 25, 2022.
How long does the program take to complete?
To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend every day of the program for 12 weeks and pass all safety certifications.
What kind of time commitment is required for the program?
The day will begin at 7 a.m. at a training centre or our training hub, and ends by 3 p.m.
Is the Tomorrow’s Trades program in-person or online?
It will have a mix of online and in-person modules, depending on public health measures. The goal of the program is to provide in-person experiences if the regional public health units have made this practice available.
Where does the program run?
Currently, our January programs are scheduled to run in Ottawa and London. Keep watch on Tomorrowstrades.ca for updates for program start dates.
Is transportation provided to get to the city it’s hosted in?
There is a transportation subsidy and a per diem subsidy to help offset some costs for the participant and there will be times where the program provides transportation to and from training centres to set locations within the city.
Are accommodations provided during the length of the program?
Accommodations will not be provided.
Are meals/refreshments provided during the program?
On select occasions, there will be limited snacks and refreshments provided. Participants are expected to bring their own food and drinks for the duration of the program.
What are the steps to completing the program?
1) Fill out an application, attach your resume and submit
2) Complete the assessment
3) Get selected as a program participant
4) Attend all program days for 12 weeks
5) Successful completion of all safety certifications that are offered
Can I participate in the program if I work full or part-time?
In order to participate in the program, the applicant’s schedule must not interfere with the training as offered, as we require 100% attendance in order to complete the program.
What if a participant needs to miss a day of the program for unforeseeable reasons including emergencies, sickness, or COVID-19-related issues?
Tomorrow’s Trades and its staff will work with the participant to supplement the experience as much as possible, recognizing that an extended absence would require the participant to have to retake the program.
Does the program recognize statutory holidays?
Yes, all statutory holidays in Ontario are recognized by the program and participants will receive those days off.
Does the program run over the weekends, or just Monday to Friday?
The program runs Monday through Friday.
Can I participate in the program if I don’t live in one of the cities it’s offered?
You must live in the city or nearby the surrounding area or have accommodation in or reliable transportation to one of the cities the program is offered.
Do I need to have any gear (safety hat/boots) to participate, or will that be provided?
Successful participants will be given all essential personal protective equipment (PPE) including hard hats, work boots, and more, which are required to succeed in their skills training.
Do I get to select the trade I want to learn?
The program provides learners with opportunities to experience a variety of trades and then helps them build the skills and knowledge to be able to apply to them.
What is the structure of the program?
The program is tailored to the local job market of each region, meaning training and other workshop dates will be region-specific. Each successful applicant will be provided with a calendar that includes the location of their training hub, and the locations of all the training and workshops they are expected to attend.
Generally speaking, each participant will be trained from early September to the end of November, Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Am I guaranteed to be placed into a job once the program ends?
Although the program is designed to build the skills, knowledge, and experience required to become an apprentice within the skilled trades and the program staff will work with you to pursue a career in the skilled trades, the program cannot guarantee a job upon completion.
How will I know if I have succeeded in the program?
Throughout the program, you will have interaction and coaching with the Construction Liaison and program staff to assist you in your progression and development. Your status and progress throughout the program will be updated with you frequently. Benchmarks along the way, such as Health and Safety certifications and Liaison check-ins, will help you to know how you are doing and where you need to improve for success.
I completed the program. What happens next?
Working with our program staff, you will apply for apprenticeships to some of the trades you experienced during this program. Once accepted as an apprentice, Tomorrow’s Trades will outfit you with a starter toolset for that specific trade.