Skills2Build - General Construction

CTS is launching a new skills development program for the construction industry. The program is geared towards unemployed or *underemployed individuals in southwestern Ontario and is completely free to qualifying participants. 

By providing construction-specific training for a variety of roles, this program will generate employment opportunities with local organizations and contribute to filling current employment gaps in the industry.

*Underemployment can apply to individuals working limited hours or in a position that does not align with their skill set, education, or experience level.


The Skills2Build project has three distinct phases:

  1. Pre-Employment Services and Training - the training portion of the program consists of 6 weeks of online and in-person training covering both soft and technical skills.
  2. Employment Services - upon completion of pre-employment training, participants are then paired with a local employer to complete a 6-week (full-time) paid work placement. Placement positions could include general labour, swimming pool installation, carpentry, roofing, etc. Participants are not required to find their own employer for the work placement portion of the program.
  3. Retention and Advancement Services - participants are provided with sector-focused post-employment services that support them in retaining skills, succeeding and advancing in employment in the identified sector.


Note: Participants who are currently collecting employment insurance can continue to leverage that support throughout the initial 6 weeks of training, but not during the paid work placement.


Phase 1 of training begins on Monday, June 7, 2021, and there are limited spaces available. To begin the registration process, please email or call 1-844-CTS-FANS (1-844-287-3267) and reference the Skills2Build General Construction program. 


Employers in the construction industry in Southwestern Ontario may be eligible for supports for lost productivity of workplace mentors and/or paid release time for participants in a formal job placement (up to $1,000 per placement).

If you are interested in hosting a work placement, or to learn more about the program, please contact and reference the Skills2Build General Construction program.  

Participants and eligibility

To qualify for the Skills2Build Construction program, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 18 years of age;
  • Must be unemployed/underemployed, precariously employed, or employed with low household income;
  • Not currently participating in any full-time training or education, or in another government training initiative that offers funding support for similar training or training-related costs;
  • Must be a resident of Ontario and legally entitled to work in Canada (citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons). Individuals who are not permanent residents or citizens (for example, 900-series social insurance number holders) may be eligible if they meet the exceptions indicated in the Province's advisory on eligibility.


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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.