Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to the Tomorrow’s Trades program?

Tomorrow’s Trades is open to applications from anyone who is interested in pursuing a construction skilled trade and could benefit from additional support in starting the process.

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.

Is there a fee?

There are no fees associated with Tomorrow’s Trades. 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 also provided during this program.

How long does it take to apply?

To apply, candidates must fill out a short application form, approximately 5-10 minutes.

What is the deadline to apply?

As long as your city is available on the application form, we are accepting applications.

My application is complete, what happens next?

Applications will be reviewed by our intake committee. We will notify you with the results. You may be asked to attend a virtual interview prior to an offer of acceptance.

When will I know if I have been accepted to the program?

You will find out within 3-5 business days after your interview. We aim for all participants to be confirmed one month prior to the start of the program.

I was accepted into the Tomorrow’s Trades program, what’s next?

Once accepted you will be notified of the program start date, time and location and be provided with the contact information for your regional advisor who will support you through the program.

I previously wasn’t accepted into the program – can I apply again?

You may apply again for our next intake.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the program?

Yes.

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
  • 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 between 8:00 and 9:00am at a training centre or our training hub, and end between 3:00pm and 4:30pm, depending on the schedule.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 Regional Advisor to help 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 Program Advisor check-ins, will help you to know how you are doing and where you need to improve for success.

      
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    © Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario
    This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.