Grand Valley Construction Association Path to Employment

The Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) Path to Employment in Construction Program will provide job seekers with an enriching five-week hands-on training series, followed by a four-week paid work placement in the construction industry. Program participants will acquire multiple certifications that directly support their employability within the construction sector in addition to the invaluable hands-on experience they will be able to apply.


This progressive and building training series will include the following topics:

 Essential Employment Skills
  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Professionalism
  • Mental Wellness
  • Math and Measurement
  • Employability Skills (Resume Writing / Interview Preparation)
  • Customer Service
  • Accessibility for Ontarian with Disabilities Act (AODA)
 Health and Safety
  • Worker Awareness Training
  • WHMIS 2015
  • Personal Protective Equipment Training
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Awareness Training
  • Lock Out Tag Out Training
  • Working at Heights Training
  • Standard First Aid,
  • CPR, and AED Training
  • Mobile Elevated Work Platform Training
  • Confined Space Entrant and Attendant Training
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training
 Practical Hand Tools and Power Tools Training
 The training will be located at: Hot Zone - 500 Jamieson Pkwy Unit #3, Cambridge

This will consist of 8 days of hands-on training working with tools commonly used in construction.

Work Placement

After the training, participants will take part in a four-week paid experiential work placement with a local construction firm from Grand Valley Construction Association’s membership.

Employers providing placement opportunities will be within Waterloo Region, Brant County or Wellington County.


The program is available for residents primarily from Waterloo region, Wellington and Brant County. Participants must be part of one or more of the following groups:

  • women
  • youth
  • persons with disabilities
  • black and racialized groups
  • justice-involved individuals
  • indigenous peoples
  • newcomers including Ukrainians under the Emergency Act

Program Sessions

Cohort One

Training: June 3 – July 5, 2024

Job placement to follow.

Cohort Two

Training: July 22 – August 23, 2024

Job placement to follow.

Cohort Three

Training: September 16 – October 18, 2024

Job placement to follow.

Cohort Four

Training: October 28 – November 29, 2024

Job placement to follow.

For More Information

To find out more information about the program and the industry, we welcome you to attend the information session:

 Grand Valley Path to Employment in Construction Information Session

June 26, 2024

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

150 Main St., Cambridge; Room 170 

Register for the info session here

This information session will also be offered online over Zoom, register for the virtual info session here


For more details or to register for the program, please email Region of Waterloo Employment Ontario at: or call 226-750-6743.

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