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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.

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

For more information about Power of Trades, please contact:

Power of Trades
180 Argyle Ave. 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1B7
613-788-5001
poweroftrades@ymcaywca.ca

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