Carpentry Pre-Apprentice Program (on hold)

Carpentry Pre-Apprentice Program (on hold)

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This program is currently on hold – please check back for updates.

Our Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program in partnership with Skilled Trades College of Canada prepares Aboriginal people for long-term employment to address the shortage of highly skilled trades people in the GTA.

Students will receive training in the following:

  • Academic Upgrading (8 weeks)
  • Job Readiness / Employability ( 1 week) – Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training
  • Introduction to Home Renovations (12 weeks)
  • Paid Work placement (8 weeks)

The program provides Aboriginal candidates with extensive carpentry training; both theoretical and practical experience will be gained throughout the program.

Qualifications achieved

Certification: Lockout & Tagout, Working at Heights, W.H.M.I.S., and First Aid/CPR-Level C


29 weeks


First phase will be completed at Miziwe Biik
Second phase is at the Skilled Trades College
Work placement tbd

Requirements for entry to the program

Participants need to identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and must be currently residing within the Greater Toronto Area.

Attendees will need to fill out a new Miziwe Biik registration form and Employment Ontario form which can be downloaded on our Forms page.

Academic Upgrading and Testing

During the first phase of the program, participants will be preparing for the Academic Component e.g. Trades Math

The second phase will be moving onto the training provider.

Skilled Trades College is our partner in terms of delivering the Introduction to Home Renovations Program to participants.

The Intro to Home Renovation Program was designed to meet the current need for skilled trades workers in Ontario’s booming construction industry. Students will learn the basics of Framing, Drywall, Taping, Footings, Vapor Barrier, Insulation, Masonry (Brick-Laying) rough-in Electrical, rough-in Plumbing, and all relevant general construction work.

Trainees will be taught how to use the tools and apply the proper techniques required to be successful in a variety of general construction-related jobs. Graduates of this program will leave with all the relevant safety certifications, and receive the fundamental practical hands-on training in a simulated on-the-job setting.

Course outline

  1. Work Site Safety
  2. Tools, Measurements, Prints, Drawings, Ontario Building Code
  3. Concrete and Forming
  4. Framing
  5. Electrical
  6. Plumbing
  7. Insulation and Drywall
  8. Flooring Installation

The last phase of the program consists of an eight-week work placement.

Work Placements and employment

Miziwe Biik has continued to approach construction companies and associations in the GTA to develop relationships in the construction trade and to secure employer support. Outreach has included attending trade shows, industry council meetings, and ongoing direct web and phone-based efforts. We have been significantly more successful in securing commitments for work placements in this year over last. Furthermore, we have been very successful in securing paid work placements and this development has proved to be of mutual benefit to participant and employers. Employers are enjoying a more committed and dedicated effort in exchange for their support.

Overall our Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is framing the way for Toronto’s urban Aboriginal people, through such programming, we meet the demand and need in today’s booming construction industry.

Successful graduates will continue with their apprenticeship with aims of becoming fully certified to secure a rewarding career as a Carpenter.

Our ongoing support and resources will be offered to ensure such goals are met and that our rapport with the Aboriginal community remains strong.

Students must show proof of vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated (2 doses) then you will have to have weekly antigen testing of which the school will supply. (These vaccination requirements could be subject to change.)

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