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Future Trainees




Paid Program

Earn while you learn. $15 per hour for 12 of the 16 week program.

Hands On

Hands on experience working directly with trades employers.

Start Career

80% of graduates are working successfully in trades careers.

About the Program

Building Up’s pre-apprenticeship program is a 16 week paid training program that uses construction contracts and in-class training to prepare individuals facing barriers to employment for successful careers in the trades. Participants are paid $16.55 per hour for the 16 weeks and are required to be available from Monday to Friday between 7:30 AM to 4:00PM for the duration of the program. Our 16 week program is divided into 2 sections: 8 weeks of in-class training and 8 weeks of in the field work experience. 

8 weeks of in-class training – working directly with unions and trades employers

  • Essential skills: Trades math, reading comprehension and soft skills training.
  • Trades skills: Power tools, drywall, painting, carpentry, plumbing, etc.
  • Health and Safety: Every trainee is provided with the health and safety certificates and Personal Protective Equipment required by employers:  WHIMS, Working At Heights, Elevated Work Platforms, PPE, etc.
  • Tools: Every trainee is provided with a core set of tools to help them in their trades careers. 

8 weeks of work placement

  • Water retrofits: Participants replace old inefficient water fixtures  (toilets, showerheads and aerators) with highly efficient upgrades that save affordable housing buildings millions of dollars annually on utility bills. 
  • General Labour: Participants are placed on a variety of social enterprise contracts that provide a basis for punctuality, professionalism and work ethic. 
  • General Contracting: Participants work under experienced tradespeople to undertake renovations that benefit community.

To Apply for any of the programs listed below – Please click on the apply button below. If you are having difficulties filling out the online application you can get in contact with our Outreach Manager, Melisa Savone, ([email protected]) for assistance. 

Working Full Time
Union Partners
Paid Training Hours

Upcoming Intakes

March 22nd 2024: ALL AGES COHORT | 18+

Eligibility Requirements: Must be over the age of 18. A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or convention refugee with a favourable Notice of Decision letter, SIN, and work permit. Please note: we are unable to accept Refugee Claimants to this cohort 

  • Mandatory Information Session: Friday, March 22nd 2024 IN PERSON | Location to be disclosed. Please note: once you send in all the required documents you will get the link to sign up for our in person info session. Please note: We are only able to accommodate 120 candidates for the session, once we reach that cap, applications for this cohort will close and we will no longer be accepting documentation.
  • Interviews: Throughout the week of March 25th 2024
  • Final Cohort Selection: Monday, April 1st 2024
  • Program Details: 16 week program, full-time, in person starting Monday, April 8th 2024
  • PROGRAM ALMOST FULL, applications closing Wednesday, February 28th 2024

Application and Intake Process


  1. Submit your application on our website https://www.buildingup.ca/apply-to-be-a-building-up-trainee/
  2. You will receive a confirmation email with the next steps you need to follow to complete your application 
  3. Email all your documents to [email protected]
  4. Once we’ve received your documents we will contact you with the link to register for the in person info session. 


Building Up’s intake and interview process is one week long. A typical intake week looks like this:

Friday – Information Session IN PERSON  

We start with an Information Session, which is mandatory for all candidates to attend. If you do not attend the Information Session on time, you will not be eligible to participate in interviews. 

To register for one of our Information Sessions, please “apply” on our website. Once you apply you will receive a confirmation email with the next steps you need to follow to complete your application. 

The information session is held in person, and only candidates who submit their documents via email to [email protected] will get a link to register. 

What to expect during the info session:

  1. You will arrive and receive your registration package
  2. You will attend a half hour presentation
  3. You will be asked to complete a short aptitude test and answer 3 key questions
  4. You will be expected to approach and speak to at least 2 Building Up staff before you leave
  5. You will be contacted on Monday if you were selected amongst 72 candidates 

Monday – Interview Invitations are sent

We have the capacity to grant 72 first round interviews. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted to attend their first interview. 

Tuesday and Wednesday – First Interview

We conduct first round interviews over Zoom or Google Meets. Candidates are expected to have their cameras on and able to video with the Building Up team throughout the interview.  

Thursday :Final Interviews

Candidates who are successful on their first interview will be asked to participate in a second and final interview, conducted in person. 

Hands-on Interviews (program dependant)

As Building Up is a pre-apprenticeship construction training program, we include a “hands-on” interview component of the intake process. This interview is program dependant, meaning it is only conducted  if we have the appropriate time and space allocated.  

Friday – Final Cohort Selection

The Building Up team will deliberate and make the final selection for the upcoming cohort! Candidates will receive an email after 5pm with the final decision. Good luck!

General Eligibility

Please pay close attention to our “Upcoming Intake Dates” above as we have listed specific eligibility that is unique to each intake.

If you are over 18 years of age, you are welcome to apply to our program. We welcome those individuals who are on Employment Insurance (EI), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), or Ontario Works (OW).  

For those who are currently receiving Ontario Works, please pay close attention to the eligibility information provided below as we periodically provide special programming exclusively for OW recipients.

Required Documentation

Please note that all candidates wishing to be considered for an interview must provide the documents listed below ahead of the information session to be reserve their spot at our mandatory info session.  If you are missing one or more documents from the list, please get in contact with us by emailing [email protected] and we can discuss your unique situation.

  1. High School Transcript | This is required even if you have not graduated from high school or completed it internationally
  2. Government Issued Photo ID | Health cards are not accepted: driver’s license, Ontario photo ID, status card, valid passport, are all accepted
  3. SIN card/slip
  4. For Canadian Citizens: Proof of Canadian citizenship | Either a birth certificate, valid/non-expired Canadian passport, or citizenship card/certificate
  5. For Permanent Residents: Proof of PR status | Either your PR card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) document
  6. For Convention Refugees: Notice of Decision letter and valid work permit in addition to the documents mentioned above