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About the Training

Construction Skills 2 trains participants to understand and practice the techniques of framing and roofing. Over 8 weeks, participants will learn a wide range of topics, including site planning, blueprint reading, framing, flooring, trussing, metal roofing, and installation of soffit and fascia, among other skills. Participants will also receive At Heights and Scissor Lift certifications from the Workers Health and Safety Center.

Participants will be guided by industry experts through interactive lectures, practical workshops, and the actual construction of a 20x24 storage facility. Participants will complete a 2-week paid work placement with local employer during their training.

Training Dates

Training Times



Oct 30 - Dec 22

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30

FREE + Paid Placement

Vision Us Office & Other Locations

How do I apply?

You can apply at anytime by going to the home page to fill out an application.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the training, participants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Between 17 and 29 years of age before the start of the training

  2. A resident of Chatham-Kent, ON

  3. Seeking part-time or full-time employment OR seeking to upskill/reskill

  4. Canadian citizen, permanent resident, and individuals with a 900-series SIN and an open work permit, such as refugee claimants and those covered by the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) measure

I'm on the this right for me?

Working in the trades requires a strong motivation and work ethic. Not only are the trades physically demanding work, they require extensive mental energy to problem solve, critically analyze, and plan each step of the process. You will need to be self-driven to research, be creative, and learn new ways to finish the work. You will also be part of a team, working alongside people who expect you to fulfill your role.

But, this is like any job! The trades are a rewarding career, and you can see tangible examples of your work. You can be happy knowing that you have the skills to build what is needed for a neighbour, family, or your community.

Where is the training?

The interviews, assessments, and training is located at: 530 Victoria Avenue Unit R (Basement) Chatham, ON N7L 3B7

We will also be building offsite at various locations throughout training. Locations will be provided during training.

Does this training cost anything?

Construction Skills 2 is a no-cost training funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. The training includes a 2-week paid job placement with a local employer during week 7 and 8.

Will I need transportation?

Highly recommended. While having your own transportation is not required, we strongly recommend having access to transportation during training. We will do our best to accommodate participant transportation requirements with bus passes and placing you with employers that can provide transportation during the work placements and supporting carpooling during trainings.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of training?

While we do not guarantee employment, our training has been designed to give you all the opportunities to start/enhance your career directly after training. 

You are receiving industry-leading training and have 2 weeks of job placements with local employers. We also provide various resources and referrals post-training to help boost your career in the trades.

What skills will I learn?

Construction Skills 2 has been meticulously designed to equip participants like you with the knowledge, expertise, and hands-on experience required to build a 20x24 storage facility from start to finish. You will learn comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of topics, including site planning, blueprint reading, framing, trussing, metal roof installation, soffit and fascia installation, and more. 


You will also have the opportunity to learn from industry experts who bring years of practical experience in the field. They will guide you through interactive lectures, practical workshops, and the actual construction of part of a storage facility, ensuring that you gain a deep understanding of each aspect of storage facility construction. You will also collaborate with fellow participants, fostering a dynamic learning environment that encourages knowledge sharing and networking.

What is the training schedule?

Week 1 & 2 - Introductions, developing essential construction skills, heights and platform certifications, blue print reading, safety planning.

Week 3, 4, 5, & 6 - Participants will learn about all aspects of framing, including load bearing walls and trussing to complete the internal and external structure. Participants will learn to install sill plates, floor joists, and sub flooring. Participants will learn how to properly build load bearing and non-load bearing walls. Participants will learn how to install trusses, roof sheathing, Tyvek, windows and doors. Participants will work with city inspectors during the different aspects of the build to meet permit requirements and building codes.

Week 7 & 8 - participants will engage in a paid job placement with local employers in the trades related to foundation construction and framing

Your Instructors

McDowell Home Solutions, A.L.L. & St. Clair College

McDowell Home Solutions is a woman owned business, striving for equality in the work place. Alora and Rachel aim to provide services in one of the most personal settings, your home, in a way that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Our goal is to serve high quality results and great customer service. As the training leads, they will be supporting participants throughout to gain the skills they need to be workforce-ready.

Adult Language and Learning (A.L.L.) provides literacy and essential skills services, as well as immigrant programs, to residents and newcomers of Chatham-Kent. A.L.L. will be offering a variety of essential skills to participants to prepare them for the hands-on training.

St. Clair College Continuing Education and Corporate Training provides workshops, certificates, and micro-credentials as well as professional development opportunities for new, current, and returning students. Acting as advisors, professors will support the training with practical skill lessons and hands-on direct training.

McDowell Home Solutions, A.L.L. & St. Clair College

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part bythe Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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