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Get the Tools You Need to Enter the Field of Carpentry

The Career Foundation’s General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship program is delivered in partnership with Mohawk College and the Carpenter’s Union Local 18. It is geared towards individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 who have an interest in pursuing a career in carpentry/construction.

Applications for our next cohort are currently closed. Please stay tuned for future announcements.

Program Details

The General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship program runs for approximately 30 weeks (18 weeks in-class and a 12-week paid job placement). Participants receive General Carpenter Level 1 Apprenticeship training at the Stoney Creek Campus of Mohawk College, along with secondary trade exposure in Drywall, Acoustics and Lathing Application. In addition, pre-employment and job maintenance training will be provided to assist participants to develop skills for securing and retaining sustainable employment.

Upon completion of the in-class training, participants complete a paid work placement, where they will continue their learning in the field. The majority of training and work placements will take place in Hamilton; however, work placements can be made available provincewide.

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Benefits for Participants

Obtain General Carpenter Apprenticeship Level 1 Training Certification

Exposure to a wide variety of carpentry/construction techniques

Safety Training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided to all participants

Pre-employment workshops that teach valuable career search practices

Further skill development through a 12-week paid work placement in the carpentry/construction field

Ability to connect with our employer network of 2,000+ businesses across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

After completing the program, students will have both the basic theory and practical knowledge of a Level 1 carpenter, and possess the skills to pursue a career as a carpenter or a career in other construction trades.

Program Eligibility

Program Application & Selection

The General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Youth is run once annually, based upon funding, and is limited to 20 students. Applications for our next cohort are currently closed. Please stay tuned for future announcements.

Additional Resources for Applicants

The math practise quiz is an integral component for students to practise prior to starting Level 1 General Carpenter training. Here are some resources to assist you in preparing for the math component of the training program.

We strongly encourage all candidates to take the time to go through this material prior to the interview date, when you will be asked to complete a math assessment. You can use the practise quiz to practise the types of questions you will find on the assessment.

Questions About the General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Contact Program Staff at: preapprenticeships@careerfoundation.org or 416-839-3514

Information for Employers

Want to hire a trained graduate from the General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Youth? As an employer looking to participate in the program, you must:

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Benefits to Employers

If you would like to become an employer partner with The Career Foundation’s General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship program, contact us today: preapprenticeships@careerfoundation.org or by phone at 416-839-3514.

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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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