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Power of Trades

 What is Power of Trades?

Power of Trades offers pre-employment training and support for immigrants who want to work in the skilled trades. All services are offered at no cost to participants.

The program includes:

  • Six weeks of in-class, non-technical training
  • Orientation to skilled trades and apprenticeships
  • Access to in-demand certification (WHMIS, Service Excellence, etc.)
  • Work towards earning your Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Three-week work placement in your trade following your training
  • Ongoing individualized job search support

Individualized Consultation (ongoing)

  • Specialized one-on-one employment consultation for job seekers
  • Available by referral to any client of employment or settlement services in Ottawa-Gatineau
  • Multilingual staff

Services for Employers (ongoing)

  • Help with staffing needs
  • Access to job fairs and customized hiring sessions
  • Access to a large pool of pre-screened candidates of all skill levels in all four trade sectors
  • No-risk co-op placements with pre-screened mature learners

What are the skilled trades?

Skilled trades are jobs which are very “hands-on”. There can be great opportunities for career advancement, high salary and self-employment. There are 4 sectors of trades, each with diverse career opportunities: construction, motive power, industrial, and service. To view complete lists of apprenticeable trades that qualify, click the sector below:

For more information about skilled trades, visit the website of the Ontario College of Trades.

Power of Trades
180 Argyle Ave. 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1B7

Phone: 613-788-5001
Fax: 613-788-5051

YMCA-YWCA staff will contact you to book an interview and language assessment within one to two days of receiving your application.

We are currently accepting applications for our next session. This session will be in French. Click here to download the application form.

Click here to see our brochure.

Click here to see a list of frequently asked questions.

Power of Trades is funded in partnership with:

Locations offering this program
Employment, Enterprise and Newcomer Services 
Taggart Family Y