Fanshawe to offer new training program to support vulnerable individuals


Fanshawe's Corporate Training Solutions (CTS) has received funding from the Skills Catalyst Fund from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development (MLTSD) to support vulnerable individuals in their transition to new, gainful employment.

CTS will build a partnership consortium to create and deliver the Window and Door Installer training program.

Industry-trained professionals will deliver a 150-hour program in a blended format of online and face-to-face delivery beginning October 1, 2020. Students will learn replacement and service techniques for a variety of window and door styles; interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills; precision work with specialized tools and equipment while practicing and refining job skills in carpentry, measurement, installation, removal, sealing and finishing. They will explore the industry outside the classroom with on-site visits to employers, manufacturers and retailers.

"We have created an industry-recognized training program for the window and door installation sector for Ontario," says Candace Miller, senior manager, Strategic Initiatives and Business Development. "Our program will address quality workmanship and sector standards within the industry that will lead to increased skilled employees in the construction trades."

The Skills Catalyst Fund provides one-time project-based funding that focuses on building meaningful partnerships, encouraging innovation ideas and solutions, helping all people and providing skills, tools, opportunities and experience. Fanshawe CTS will collaborate with local industry representatives, employment agencies and economic development partners. In accordance with the guidelines of the program, participants will include underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, veterans and youth.

"We are very proud of how the program consortium has collaborated to develop industry specific curriculum and experiential training opportunities, providing an exceptional program to our community, while pivoting to adapt to the changes of COVID-19," stated Christine Spicer, project lead, CTS.

Those looking for additional information or wanting to apply to the program should email and reference the Window and Door Installer program.