Construction training program returns to Soo

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Sault Community Career Centre and Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association recently announced the return of Build This City: A Free Construction Fundamentals Training Program for job seekers and employers.

The next training session starts Monday, Oct. 4 and applications are being accepted until Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Applications received after Sept. 17 will be considered for the next available training session. Space is limited.

Build This City is a SkillsAdvance Ontario workforce development project designed for Sault Ste. Marie. It gives job seekers free short-term construction fundamentals training, and helps them get work and advance in the local construction sector. It gives local employers access to job-ready, skilled workers to meet their workforce needs and supports to train staff for advancement opportunities.

Free support for job seekers, including:

  • Eight weeks of free essential and technical skills training, delivered by experienced professionals that end in industry-recognized certificates or credentials, combined with job shadowing with a variety of local industry employers
  • Paid two-week work placement with local industry employers
  • One-on-one support that helps you move from training into local job and career opportunities
  • Financial support to cover such things as work clothing, equipment, transportation, food

Participants must be:

  • Unemployed or working less than an average of 20 hours per week
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Ontario and legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Refugee Claimant)
  • Not participating in, or returning to, full-time training or education

Free support for employers includes:

  • Financial support to offset additional supervisory or training costs for staff mentors to provide supervision to job seeker participants
  • One-on-one support to ensure the success of participant placements
  • Workers with the right skills you need to fill vacancies
  • Help to reduce employee turnover
  • Advancement opportunities for current staff through specialized training that meets your needs


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