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Youth General Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Mar 01, 2019
Hamilton, Ontario

The Youth General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between The Career Foundation and Mohawk College.  The Pre-Apprenticeship Program Coordinator will have exceptional skills in the area of developing rapport with youth with barriers to employment.  The Coordinator will work closely with a core group of up to 20 youth and act as teacher, placement coordinator and counsellor.  He or she will ensure that youth receive the support and assistance needed to complete all program components and achieve their goals.  He or she will develop strong connections and relationships with industry employers, keeping them updated and assisting them with their hiring needs.  It is expected that by the end of the program, youth participants will be “apprenticeship bound,” working with employers in and outside of the GTHA and well on their way to successful careers in this in-demand field.

Note: The availability of this position is contingent upon receiving confirmation of funding approval from the funder.

Position Type:  Full time 48-week contract (strong possibility of renewal)

Reporting to: Director of Operations

Location(s): Travel is required throughout the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area and beyond with most of the time spent in Hamilton

Start date: Immediately 

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Project Administration

  • Assuming responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the program including client and employer service and partner relations
  • Supervising part-time temporary staff as needed
  • Ensuring all program targets are achieved
  • Developing marketing materials and conducting outreach activities and information sessions in order to attract participants to the program
  • Screening, interviewing and selecting appropriate program participants
  • Monitoring the budget and ensuring contractual budget practices and operations are followed
  • Attending manager and community partner meetings and sharing information
  • Maintaining documentation of participant files / database and records of service provided including program tracking reports
  • Working with Employment Ontario offices to coordinate initial assessments and prepare and administer training incentive agreements for participants and employers
  • Collecting and maintaining statistical information on client needs and program activities
  • Preparing reports for the funder on a quarterly and yearly basis
  • Cultivating a positive and collaborative working environment
  • Liaising regularly with funder, partners and apprenticeship consultants to access information, provide updates and resolve any issues that arise


  • Developing materials for the delivery of workshops
  • Facilitating sessions designed to foster independent job search skills in barriered youth and prepare them for working in carpentry
  • Leading group work through activities or on computers
  • Fostering respect, leadership, confidence and other life skills among participants
  • Coordinating field trips and guest speakers from the carpentry field
  • Working with the Carpenter’s union to ensure participant exposure to the Drywall, Acoustic and Lathing Applicator trade (secondary trade)

Job Placement / Search Support

  • Providing work placements for participants upon completion of in-class training – matching individuals to suitable employers
  • Working individually with participants in developing all necessary skills related to job maintenance in an effort to ensure that work placements are successful
  • Coaching youth on interview preparation and self-presentation
  • Conducting job placement site monitors to ensure that placements are running smoothly, and employers are following proper health and safety protocol
  • Working with both employers and youth to help resolve any issues or arranging new placements for participants and employers
  • Providing guidance for participants and employers regarding the apprenticeship process

Other duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinating the purchase of safety equipment and other essentials for youth as needed
  • Providing support and encouragement to youth during Level 1 training to ensure completion
  • Working with youth to remedy challenges such as absences and punctuality 

Qualifications/ Skills Required:

  • Must possess Post-Secondary education
  • Experience working effectively with barriered youth from diverse backgrounds – the ideal candidate will be described as an individual who seems to have a special ‘knack’ for connecting with youth
  • High level of patience and flexibility
  • Coaching/counselling experience
  • Training/facilitation experience
  • Experience working with employers to place youth in employment is considered a very strong asset
  • Knowledge of and interest in the trades is important – personal experience working in the skilled trades, especially carpentry would be an asset
  • Knowledge of current labour market trends, job search techniques and employment research methods
  • Knowledge of community services
  • Experience working with government-funded contracts / budgets is an asset
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours infrequently as needed
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet targets and reporting deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong command of the English language
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required – comfortable with some mobility at different stages in the project

Candidates please submit cover letter and resume to addressed to The Hiring Committee.  Please remember to quote the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.  No phone calls please.  Thank you for your interest in The Career Foundation. 

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