Backgrounder: Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program


List of organizations receiving funding under the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program:

Organization: British Columbia Construction Association
Building Builders – A Mentorship Program for BC’s Construction Industry
Description: The British Columbia Construction Association, through the Building Builders Program, will create a framework to mentor under-supported talent in British Columbia’s construction industry by connecting pre-apprentices with employers.
Region: British Columbia
Funding Amount: $3,602,815

Organization: The Society for Selections: career support services
Get Ready in Trades (GRiT)
Description: Selections Career Support Services will support youth with disabilities to overcome already-existing and COVID-related barriers to relevant training and meaningful employment within the skilled trades. The organization will explore solutions to barriers and prepare youth pre-apprentices with disabilities, including those without an official diagnosis, for training and learning opportunities in the skilled trades to obtain sustainable and meaningful employment.
Region: Alberta
Funding Amount: $2,838,919

Organization: K'asho Got'ine Housing Society
Strengthening the Construction Sector in the Sahtú
Description: K’asho Got’ine Housing Society will work to address challenges to successful trades training in Fort Good Hope and the Sahtú region, to support the development of the skills needed for affordable home repair and maintenance in the region.
Region: Northwest Territories
Funding Amount: $2,380,216

Organization: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada
: Skilled Trades for Youth in Advanced Manufacturing
Description: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada will increase awareness of advanced manufacturing among youth in the skilled trades by leading an innovative and collaborative initiative to leverage resources and support by an assembled group of key stakeholders and partners who positively affect the manufacturing sector and skilled trades regionally, provincially and nationally.
Region: Ontario
Funding Amount: $5,000,000

Organization: Community Builders
Trades & Diversity Training Program
Description: Community Builders will carry out the Trades & Diversity Training Program to increase awareness of careers in the trades for racialized communities (including Black Canadians), women, immigrants, and Indigenous people. The project will provide individuals with the opportunity to explore various aspects of the trades while developing social/emotional and other soft skills required to access meaningful employment.
Region: Ontario
Funding Amount: $3,827,272

Organization: YWCA Toronto
STAR 4-Women (Careers, Opportunities, Readiness, Engagement)
Description: The YWCA Toronto will carry out the STAR 4 Women project and will provide a comprehensive five-phase program with a combination of vocational assessment and skilled trades career exploration. It will include access to health and safety certifications, skills training, hands-on experience, engagement, and networking opportunities with employers, unions, colleges, and leaders in the skilled trades industry, particularly in the construction and industrial sectors.
Region: Ontario
Funding Amount: $1,223,719

Organization: Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group
Pathways to Resilience: Intro to Emerging and Established Skilled Trades for Indigenous Women
Description: The Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group, which operates as Keepers of the Circle, will increase the participation of Indigenous people in the skilled trades, with a focus on women, and promote economic security.
Region: Ontario
Funding Amount: $11,000,000

Organization: Joint Economic Development Initiative Inc.
Indigenous Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Project (ISTAR)
Description: The Joint Economic Development Initiative Inc. (JEDI) will provide experiential learning opportunities to Indigenous youth and women to prepare them for careers in the skilled trades. Located in New Brunswick, where many rural Indigenous communities face barriers to accessing skills training and development as well as employment opportunities, JEDI will build a practical hands-on trailer, housing a variety of skilled trades in a booth-style layout and will organize summer camps in Indigenous communities and schools to promote skilled trades awareness. Online training, learning and tools are provided as well, allowing for proper health and safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Region: New Brunswick
Funding Amount: $3,129,453

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