TradeLinx is a twelve-week sector focused pre-apprenticeship training program for Ontario Works (OW) recipients who are interested in a career in the skilled trades/construction industry. It is offered through the Labour Education Centre and funded by Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) and the United Way Greater Toronto - Career Navigator stream.
The program provides 28 participants per year with knowledge about the building trades and exposes them to working in the construction industry. Designed specifically to address the employment barriers of discrimination, poor social capital, low education achievement, minimal work experience and personal instability, participants receive one-on-one support in exploring their options in the construction trades, establishing training plans and pursuing apprenticeships in their desired trade.
Women Transitioning to Trades and Employment (WTTE)
Developed in collaboration with the Labour Education Centre (LEC) and George Brown College’s (GBC) Community Partnerships Office, Women Transitioning to Trades and Employment (WTTE) is a five-week exploratory program for women interested in the building trades, who have escaped violence in the home and are entering/re-entering employment. LEC provides 3 weeks of training that includes working skills such as workplace communications, working with others, and conflict management, math and industry recognized Workers Health and Safety Centre certifications. GBC provides 2 weeks of additional training and preparation. This program is administered by George Brown College.
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