Connecting construction job seekers and employers
By Adam FreillConstruction Labour
BuildForce Canada has launched its Construction Career Pathways program to help create entry-level positions in the construction industry.
BuildForce Canada is looking to connect job seekers and employers across Canada’s construction sector. The organization recently launched its Construction Career Pathways program, which facilitates 16-week, paid, entry-level work placements on construction sites across the country. No prior industry experience is needed for workers, and employers can take advantage of financial incentives to help offset onboarding costs.
“Construction is at nearly full employment in most regions across the country, and demands are growing as project owners continue to invest in new builds and retrofit their existing projects to respond to net-zero imperatives,” stated Bill Ferreira, executive director of BuildForce Canada. “Many companies are finding it hard to hire to respond to those demands, however. Labour force constraints are cutting across many industries. Construction Career Pathways is a new tool employers can use to connect with workers who are seeking entry-level opportunities in our sector.”
Developed to meet the needs of people looking to explore careers in construction, but who have only entry-level skills and experience, BuildForce says the program is ideally suited to a wide diversity of workers, including people from equity-deserving groups who want to work in construction; young people seeking work experience; and individuals looking for employment or looking to change careers.
For employers, Construction Career Pathways connects small- and medium-sized companies in the construction sector find entry-level workers.
A wage subsidy of up to $2,400 per employee is available to businesses that complete 16-week work placements, with funding provided by the Government of Canada.
The program is now accepting applications, with placements available for up to 1,000 workers. Half of the program’s intake is allocated to people from traditionally underrepresented groups in the construction sector.