According to the province, almost one in five new jobs created in Ontario over the next decade is expected to be in trades-related occupations. Home renovation programs such as the one offered at The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre) equips students with practical knowledge to work in an in-demand, well-paying field building additions and making changes to homes.
With two classes per year taught by instructors with industry experience, The Centre’s 26 week program offers students the opportunity to develop their skills as home renovators, even if they have no background in it at all.
“They’re very varied,” said Glenn Farrell, the program’s lead instructor who has been in the industry for 33 years.
“We have students from a whole range of backgrounds and levels of experience. The things that matter most are their attitude and their willingness to take what is taught here and apply it to their lives.”
During the program, students are evaluated every two months – including self-evaluation – to check their strengths and areas for improvement. Support and encouragement is ongoing with the end goal being well-rounded, employable students. Given that seventy per cent of the time is spent on hands-on training, students complete the program with the necessary skills to work in new home construction, framing and renovations.
“What we offer is what students need to know at their jobs and in their lives. We give them just the facts, plus a little more.”
Farrell says most graduates find work in home renovation companies, in the supply industry or as contractors. “There are endless opportunities.”
The program has a maximum of 20 students per class and 6,600 sq. feet of shop space in which they learn the practical skills of home renovation. The $8700 total cost of the program includes tuition, tools, on-site parking, textbooks, safety equipment and taxes. There are no additional fees.
Learn more at: thecentre.on.ca/skilled trades