About Helmets to Hardhats®
Depending on existing qualifications and experience, the apprenticeship
training process may be shortened or by-passed so as to enable a
fast-tracked achievement of journeyperson status.
Regardless of an individual's military occupation, they
may chose to pursue any of the 14 applicable trade fields with full
apprenticeship training being provided as required. A full
apprenticeship program can be 3-4 years long, during which time much of
the apprenticeship will be on job training (OJT), with anywhere from
8-20 weeks of classroom instruction provided during this 3-4 year
period. Apprentices will be paid during their OJT, but at a reduced
rate from what they will earn as a qualified journeyperson.
Apprenticeship training is offered across Canada, so it will be up to
the individual to decide where in Canada they would like to undertake
this training. For a number of trades, the journeyperson is given "Red
Seal" certification which permits them to work in any Province or
Territory across Canada.
The building and construction industry in Canada is an
economic growth leader. With changing demographics in Canada,
influenced in part by an aging work force and relatively low birth
rate, there is an increasing demand for skilled labour across the
nation. This demand is not limited to just the trades themselves, but
also the leadership positions (foreman, general foreman, site manager,
etc) and specialty fields (project management, engineering, logistics,
etc) that are integral to the building and construction industry. The
Building Trades Unions and many Employers across Canada who are
stakeholders in supporting the H2H program in Canada recognize the
valuable contribution that members of Canadian Forces (past and
present) have made to our country, as well as the outstanding qualities
and experience that they offer, such as inter-personal skills,
leadership abilities, professionalism, dedication, and a desire to
pursue continuous individual improvement. Furthermore, the Unions and
stakeholder employers are motivated to accommodate members of the
Canadian Forces (past and present) who may have physical and/or mental
challenges, recognizing that these same individuals offer many other
great qualities and abilities.
H2H works closely with the Canadian Forces to assist interested individuals in making the
transition into this exciting new career opportunity. As such, H2H will
work closely with the Personnel Selection (BPSO) network to provide
information on the program, including through the Secondary Career
Assistance Network (SCAN) seminars.