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  • June 22, 2017

Supporting At Risk Youth in Vaughan to Learn a Skilled Trade

Ontario Investing in Free Pre-Apprenticeship Training Across Province



 June 22, 2017

Ontario is providing free training for at risk youth from throughout the Greater Toronto Area to support successful careers in the skilled trades.

Through the government’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training program, the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades will deliver two pre-apprenticeship programs for at-risk youth:  The CRAFT (Creating Real Apprenticeships for Toronto) Program and The TIRF (Toronto Inner City Rugby Foundation) Program.  The programs will help disadvantaged young people to develop the trade-specific knowledge, life, and employments skills needed to start an apprenticeship in construction.

The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades’ programs will train 30 pre-apprentices to hone their skills in carpentry and other related construction trades.

People who are interested in working in a trade but don’t have the skills or experience to get a job as an apprentice, can apply for this free training.  Participants will also be paid wages during the work placement components of the programs, and they will receive other supports as well (i.e., tool kits, personal protective equipment, and travel subsidies)

Investing in a modern apprenticeship system that provides people with the skills and training they need to succeed is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


"By creating opportunities for more people in Vaughan to receive training and education in skilled trades, we will support greater economic growth and job creation, and help build a dynamic economy that works for all.”

— Steven Del Duca, MPP, Vaughan

“We know that when we reach potential tradespeople early with introductory training, they stand a better chance of completing apprenticeship training and enjoying rewarding, well-paid careers in the trades. By investing in pre-apprenticeship programs we’re ensuring that people in Ontario get the skills and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

– Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“Approximately 83,000 youth between 15 and 24 across the GTA are not in education, employment, or training. This amounts to a 10% youth unemployment rate. Many of these young people face socio/economic, demographic and other barriers.  TIRF and CRAFT are designed to give barriered youth supported opportunities to succeed in the trades.”

-       Cristina Selva, Executive Director, College of Carpenters and Allied Trades Inc. 


  • An apprenticeship is formal training for those who want a career in the skilled trades. It combines training on the job and in the classroom.
  • The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades’ program will receive $150,670 from the province for both programs.
  • Ontario is investing more than $14 million this year in pre-apprenticeship training to help people across the province prepare for jobs in the skilled trades. Pre-apprenticeship training is free, and the program pays for text books, safety equipment and tools.
  • Programs last up to one year, and focus on two or more in-demand skilled trades. All programs offer an eight to twelve week work placement, and most also provide level one apprenticeship classroom training in the program’s principal trade.
  • To find out about other local programs, contact Employment Ontario by phone, e-mail or live chat.


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