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Community Builders Announces New Job Training Program

The Careers and Diversity Training Program aims to provide valuable training and tools to underrepresented and marginalized groups

Community Builders is pleased to announce that a new job training program has been developed and will continue for at least the next four years. The Trades and Diversity Training Program will take place over three months and has been generously funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program.

Participants will receive paid training to learn everything from demolition, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, tiling, and more. After graduation, graduates will receive support to obtain full-time employment in the trades.

“This program is so exciting because it specifically targets marginalized groups who are underrepresented in the trades,” says Shawna Bailey, Director of Programming at Community Builders. “For the first time ever, we will be offering a program specifically for women, newcomers to Canada, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The Government of Canada has found that these groups are completely underrepresented in the trades, and they have developed this amazing initiative to change that narrative.

MP Doug Shipley agrees. “I am continually impressed by the positive impact this nonprofit has on our community and beyond. By creating affordable housing, providing trades training and supporting those facing barriers to employment, Community Builders demonstrates the best of our community. »

The Community Builder Trades and Diversity Training Program aims to provide valuable training and tools to marginalized groups who are underrepresented in the trades. With this important program a gap in our society has been identified and solutions and pathways to success are being actively sought. With this significant grant funding from the federal government, I am confident that this program will expand the incredible work of community builders to date.

Community builders Skills and Diversity Training Program (TDTP) the next cohort starts in January 2023; marginalized individuals who have barriers to employment, including but not limited to criminal records, prior drug/alcohol addictions, and a history of long-term unemployment, are strongly encouraged to apply .

The TDTP is designed as pre-employment training and aims to give its participants the tools they need for a successful career in the trades throughout their lifetime. Interns learn job readiness skills, life skills, and most importantly, they will receive real on-the-job construction training in a supportive and supervised environment.

Admission is happening now. Anyone interested in learning more can visit to complete an application.