Technical Instructor – Pre-Apprenticeship (Taggart Family Y Location)

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Position: Technical Instructor – Pre-Apprenticeship (Taggart Family Y Location)
Location: Taggart Family Y, 180 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa
Type: Full-time, preferred start date as soon as possible
Preferred start date: Monday, Nov 28, 2022
Closing date: Sunday, Nov 27, 2022


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA-YWCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care, and camps)
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program including free, immediate, confidential assistance and counselling for you and your family members for mental and physical health, financial advice, among other 12 suites of services
  • Health and dental insurance for full-time, permanent employees
  • Development courses at no cost in several areas
  • 100% coverage for renewal of professional designations
  • Up to 27 vacation days per year, including two float days and one birthday vacation for full-time, permanent staff
  • Long-term disability and life insurance for full-time, permanent employees.
  • Workplace pension plan available for full-time, permanent employees
  • Extended Maternity leave benefits to all our staff for up to 6 more months after the year of leave.

What you offer?

The Technical Instructor will work as part of the team that provides employment services and technical training to individuals seeking skills training and employment in the Green Building and Construction sector in Ontario. 

Reporting to the Director and the Senior Director of Employment & Newcomer Services, the Instructor is responsible for the planning and delivery of the technical curriculum relative to the Green Building program that includes notions pertinent to the main occupations of the field: Carpentry, Drywall Finishing & Plastering, Painting, Tile & Marble Setting, and Flooring (specifics to Green Building will be taught by an external partner). As part of a team, the Instructor will assist in meeting the strategic achievement of all desired outcomes and targets by providing the students with the skills they need to be successful in this field. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal commitment to and understanding of the Y’s mission, vision, values and participant outcomes. 

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Actively interact and ‘build relationships with suppliers and potential employers to help ensure smooth delivery of the training program and that students are successful and retained
  • Provide supervision and interaction with program participants promoting and encouraging all students to participate to their fullest potential
  • Promptly respond to Y staff and students' inquiries and concerns. Relaying these issues back to the Program Supervisor or Director to help resolve these issues
  • Work to ensure the facility is clean and safe at all times, taking responsibility for the workshop area specifically
  • Ensure workshop equipment is well maintained
  • Attend training sessions and meetings as required 
  • Implement procedures for the operation of programs within the guidelines and contractual obligations
  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments, and independent or group projects
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate student progress
  • Provide individualized tutorial/remedial instructions as necessary
  • Update their own learning on current trade technology

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field


  • Fluent in English, oral and written is essential; other languages are considered an asset

Experience, Abilities & Skills

  • High level of interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; ability to communicate information to groups of people in English – proficiency in other languages is an asset
  • Ability to work with clients with diverse backgrounds and skill levels
  • Minimum 3 years experience in Home Renovation and/or Carpentry and/or Green Building Construction and/or appropriate technical training
  • Knowledge and mastery of the Home Renovation Trades in Ontario, specifically Carpentry; Red Seal qualification is an asset
  • Familiar with the Ontario College of Trades and relative policies and procedures including Training Standards, apprenticeship process, and pathway
  • Able to order and ensure stock of class material including transportation of material when needed
  • Experience and aptitude in teaching and/or training others within the aforementioned skills

Additional Requirements:

  • Position requires bending and stooping to grasp objects and climb ladders
  • Requires lifting of heavy loads (up to 50 lbs)
  • Requires ability to repetitively use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation
  • Requires safety knowledge and ability to work with power tools
  • Must have access to transportation
  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

 Core Competencies:

  • Organizational Awareness and Understanding: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the vision, mission, and values of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region.
  • Planning and Organization: Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short- and long-term work goals.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to identify and issue, gather and process relevant information, determine possible solutions, select appropriate responses and implement and evaluate them.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings.  Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results.  Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Teamwork: Participates actively in a team for program quality and effectiveness

About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Daniela Renderos. Please send applications to Director, Pre-Apprenticeship, Daniela Renderos (

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.

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