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CLAC Training offers construction bootcamp in Cambridge and Grimsby

May 27, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun

May 27, 2022 – CLAC Training is offering a new construction bootcamp training program in Ontario to help individuals with limited or no experience in the skilled trades to gain the skills they need to start a construction career.

CLAC is a national union representing over 60,000 workers.

“This program is a fantastic introduction to the dynamic construction industry and an essential broad range of skill sets,” said Karen Renkema, vice-president, Ontario, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “Providing hands-on experience in one of the fastest growing fields is a great way to launch a construction career and help ease the critical shortage of skilled trades workers.”

The program was developed with the aid of a $1.5 million grant from the Ontario government’s Skills Development Fund (SDF).


The bootcamp includes a free, three-week entry-level training program, with an eight-week paid job placement with a local construction employer. It is currently offered in Cambridge and Grimsby. CLAC says it will expand to other areas of the province.

“CLAC’s construction bootcamp is a partnership between CLAC, signatory employers, and community partners to provide over 100 local individuals with the essential skills to start their construction careers,” said Colin de Raaf, director, Ontario, CLAC Training. “It is one small step to addressing the skilled trades shortage in the construction sector.”

During the three weeks of in-class, online, and hands-on training, participants will learn about construction health & safety, how to safely use hand and power tools, communication skills and conflict management, construction-oriented math, and more. Participants will also earn mandatory safety certificates.

During the eight-week paid work placement, participants will apply their new skills and experience on the job while receiving support from CLAC staff, workplace mentors, and their employer.

Additional program supports include up to 26 weeks of one-on-one career-based support from CLAC staff and community partners, which includes needs-based financial assistance toward childcare, accommodation, and transportation. Participants will also receive a tool kit valued at $450 and full personal protective equipment and clothing.

Employers will also receive wage subsidies of 50% to support a successful 8-week paid work placement.

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