The CK program continues to train young people in trades

A local program that started in the spring to teach young people how to use tools and do repairs will continue this fall.

The program is designed to help young people looking to explore careers by exposing them to opportunities.

Applications are once again open for the Prosperity Roundtable’s training and employment project in Chatham-Kent titled “Not Just A Handyman”. The project runs Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 12 to September 29, and then again from October 17 to November 3. Applications close at the end of August.

The three-week training pays the young people to learn basic skills and after the training, the trainees will have many opportunities to network, participate in workshops to develop their skills and access support to continue their vocational training. The goal is to help 75 people train for good jobs.

William Laurie, Trades Youth Mentor for the Prosperity Roundtable, said the success of the summer training led to the continuation of the program.

“Summer training has been amazing with so many passionate young people coming through our doors every day. The huge interest is why we decided to do two more trainings this fall,” said Laurie.

The project is receiving funding of $215,310 from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

“Thousands of skilled trades jobs are waiting to be filled across southwestern Ontario,” said Labor Minister Monte McNaughton. “If you’re a young person who enjoys working with your hands, this program will give you the skills you need to start a rewarding career and earn a bigger paycheck.”

To learn more about “Not Just A Handyman” and to apply, click here.

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