The six-month training program overview
Our paid training program is designed for people most employers (and social service agencies) would deem “unemployable”. Few trainees hired by BUILD have completed high school, and few have worked in the formal labour market. Many trainees have had contact with the criminal justice system, some are struggling with addictions, and many have unstable home environments. Most often, trainees do not have a driver’s license, and most have no prior experience using tools or even a measuring tape. These are basic requirements for entry into the construction trades.
Our journeymen and trainers provide hard skills training and mentorship to trainees – offering a supportive environment for trainees to learn and grow. Trainees also have access to a team of support workers, including a Training Coordinator, a Safety and Hard Skills Instructor, and a Employment and Education Facilitator.
The Training Coordinator works one-on-one with trainees to access on-site workshops and classes as wide-ranging as parenting, money management to math upgrading and high school completion. She also organizes cultural activities, such as sweat lodge ceremonies, and can put trainees in contact with community elders.
Our Employment and Education Facilitator works with trainees to develop long term goals, such as entering trades-based education programs, or securing employment in the construction sector. He also works with trainees to update their resumes, account for newly acquired skill-sets, and matches trainees with potential employers.
The Safety and Hard Skills Instructor provides all required safety training and facilitates all initial hard skills training in our dedicated training workshop. Here trainees receive practical hands-on instruction specific to the work they will do in our Social Enterprise Department.
Trainees who finish the six-month work program either go on to complete their high school and enter apprenticeship programs (largely, in carpentry), or they move directly into the work force. BUILD has been able to hire a select number of former trainees as part of our permanent staff.
Training program break down
BUILD’s training program consists of in-class training and practicum placements. The in-class training component is delivered in the first 8-10 weeks and includes both life skills and vocational training. The practicum placements occur in the last 4 months of training.