Quick Facts

Service type: Employment, Youth, Newcomers, Disability, Trades Training, Women
Eligibility: 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in Ontario
Delivery: Virtual and in-person
George Brown College Casa Loma Campus, Toronto, M5R 1M3
Hours of Operation: Varies
Fee: Free
Program dates: Please check the description for more details
Duration: 11-weeks of skills training followed by post-program job search support

Program Description

The Employment Skills for Level 1 Pre-Apprenticeship in Plumbing program, delivered by George Brown College in partnership with WoodGreen is offered at no cost to participants. The program supports newcomers to Canada and others with barriers to employment, giving them an opportunity to start a career in high-demand trades such as plumbing and sheet metal.


Interested applicants will be assessed for Gr. 12 Math and English or equivalent, and are required to participate in 5-weeks of Academic Upgrading to attain the communication and numeracy skills that are needed for entry into the skilled trades.


Our program offers:

  • 8-weeks of Level 1 Training in Plumbing and 1-week in Sheet Metal
  • 2-weeks of Employability Skill Training
  • Guidance and information on educational and career pathways
  • Training supports, e.g., tools, safety equipment, transportation, and tech support
  • Assistance to search for a paid work placement



Program dates:


Academic Upgrading: May 22 – June 23

Duration: 5-weeks
Delivery: Online


Level 1 Training in Plumbing: June 26 – August 18

Duration: 8-weeks

Delivery: In-person


Level 1 Training in Sheet Metal: August 21 – August 25

Duration: 1-week

Delivery: In-person


Employability Skills & Safety Training: August 28 – September 8

Duration: 2-weeks

Delivery: In-person


Opportunity for paid work placement: After September 8

Duration: 8-weeks

Delivery: In-person


Program Benefits:

  • One-on-one career advisement to assist participants in obtaining employment
  • Opportunities for first-hand experience in operating tools and equipment used in plumbing and sheet metal
  • Support in job readiness, employability and retention
  • Opportunities to connect with WoodGreen employer-partners who are committed to providing meaningful employment, job readiness and experiences.

How you can support

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Ready to participate?

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Need help?

For more information about the program, download the flyer here.

Contact Information

Niki Stamatelos

Supervisor, Workforce Development



Monday to Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM


This program is funded by:

Program Partner

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