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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. This program trains youth, between the ages of 18 and 29, for a career in carpentry/construction.

The program’s next cohort will go from May-December 2023. Applications are now open. Apply today!

Program Details

The General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program runs for approximately 30 weeks (18 weeks in-class and a 12-week paid job placement).

Classes start in May, and work can start as early as September.

Upon completion, you will receive your General Carpentry Level 1 in-class certification from Mohawk College, along with exposure in Drywall from Carpenter’s Union Local 18 and a paid work placement.

Upon completion of the in-class training, we will connect you with local employers to arrange your work placement. This is a paid work placement where you will continue your learning in the field. Your work placement can be anywhere Ontario-wide.

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Benefits for Participants

Your General Carpenter Apprenticeship Level 1 Training Certification

Exposure to a wide variety of carpentry/construction techniques

Industry required safety certifications and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided at no cost

Pre-employment workshops that teach valuable career search practices

Paid work placement in the carpentry/construction field

Ability to connect with our employer network of 4,000+ employers across the GTA, Hamilton and the Tri-Cities

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

Program Eligibility

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Have completed Grade 10
  • Unemployed or underemployed (working fewer than 20 hours per week)
  • Committed to working full-time hours
  • Willing to commute to the Mohawk College Stoney Creek Campus and the Carpenter’s Union Local 18 (both are based in Hamilton, Ontario)

Program Application & Selection

Applications for the General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program are now open.

Additional Resources for Applicants

The math practice quiz is an integral component for students to practise their math skills prior to starting Level 1 General Carpenter training. Below are 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 practice quiz to practise the types of questions you will find on the assessment.

Questions About the General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Information for Employers

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

  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Comply with all applicable legislation including federal/provincial human rights legislation
  • Provide employment in Ontario
  • Maintain appropriate WSIB or alternative workplace safety insurance coverage and have adequate third-party general liability insurance
  • Not use this program to replace existing employees
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Benefits to Employers

  • Access to a pool of trained job seekers
  • Create jobs for youth facing very high unemployment rates
  • Gain support from our program staff
  • Guide and train the next generation of carpenters
  • Participate at no cost!
  • Apply for government-sponsored Training Incentive Funds to mediate training costs
  • Employ individuals with up-to-date techniques and knowledge of health and safety practices
  • Work with motivated, committed youth equipped with all necessary PPE

If you would like to become an employer partner with The Career Foundation’s General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program, contact us at:

Email: preapprenticeships@careerfoundation.org 
Phone: 416-839-3514

This program is provided in partnership with:

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Carpenter’s Union Local 18 logo
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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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