Ontario Construction News staff writer
As the construction faces a labour crisis, Honour the Work is a national “one-stop-shop” connecting Canadians to skilled trades careers.
“We thought, what if we could create a hub so that Canadians have a single spot to begin learning of the opportunities and careers in the skilled trades,” organizers said. “We knew that career choices are often imprinted in elementary aged children, so we asked, how we help showcase trade careers as the intellectually and physically stimulating STEAM jobs they are.
“We set out to identify and remove barriers preventing people from pursuing an apprenticeship.”
Resources on the site include a series of videos showcasing tradespeople, apprentices and construction leaders. Ontario Construction News supports Honour the Work and each week we share a video from the website.
In this week’s video Raly Chakarova, executive director of the BOLT Foundation talks about working in the skilled trades and challenges faced by women in the industry. talks about how she got back into skilled trades after 10 years.
Charitable organization BOLT works to create awareness about the diverse and numerous career opportunities in the construction industry by hosting Speak Outs, Days of Discovery, and by offering job shadowing experiences. With Tridel’s support and through our trade and industry partnerships, BOLT also raises funds to support scholarship and training opportunities for under-resourced youth wishing to pursue a career in construction.