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For 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 $15.50 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 send your resume to our Outreach Manager, Melisa Savone, (melisa.savone@buildingup.ca) to apply. 

Working Full Time
Union Partners
Paid Training Hours

Upcoming Intakes

January 9th 2023: Youth Cohort

Eligibility Requirements: Youth 18- 29 years of age. Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee with decision letter and work permit.

  • Mandatory Information Session: Monday, January 9th 2023 at 8:30am, on Zoom
  • Interviews: Throughout the week of January 9th 2023
  • Final Cohort Selection: Friday, January 13th 2023
  • Program Details: 16 week program, full-time starting Monday, January 23rd 2023
  • Applications now open

March 20th  2023: All Ages Cohort

Eligibility Requirements: Must be over the age of 18. A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee with decision letter and work permit.

  • Mandatory Information Session: Monday, March 20th 2023 at 8:30am, on Zoom
  • Interviews: Throughout the week of March 20th 2023
  • Final Cohort Selection: Friday, March 24th 2023
  • Program Details: 16 week program, full-time starting Monday, April 3rd 2023
  • Application Opens: Tuesday, January 10th 2023

Interview Process and Intake Week

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

Monday – Information Session  

We start with an Information Session, which is mandatory for all candidates to attend. If you do not attend the Information Session, 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 Zoom registration link for our Information Session. 

If you don’t have zoom, please download at zoom.us/download so you can attend. Please ensure you do this well in advance of the session.

 Tuesday and Wednesday – First Interview

We conduct first round interviews over Zoom. Candidates are expected to have their cameras on and able to video with the Building Up team throughout the interview.  If this is not possible, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate. 

Thursday – Hands-On Interview

As Building Up is a pre-apprenticeship construction training program, we include a “hands-on” interview component of the intake process. We invite candidates to one of our job sites to work for several hours so they can demonstrate their work ethic to our team.

Friday – Final Interviews and Cohort Selection

Successful candidates will be asked to participate in a second and final interview, also conducted by Zoom.  At the end of the day, the Building Up team will deliberate and make the final selection for the upcoming cohort! 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.

During the interview process, please note that candidates will need to provide the following documentation. These documents are required for program entry.  If you do not have these documents, please let us know and we can discuss your unique situation.

  • High school transcript (this is required even if you have not graduated from high school)
  • Government issued photo ID (Health cards are not expected)
  • SIN card