Training start Dates

2020 Building Trades training program dates:

  • Jan 13
  • Mar 30
  • Jun 15
  • Aug 31


If you have been laid off and/or are receiving Employment Insurance, are receiving Ontario Works,  you may qualify for funding for tuition and necessary equipment to complete the skills training course.



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Skills Training                                                                                  

Hands on Training
ALN’s 16 week Building Trades training program is primarily hands-on and instructs students in the skills required to maintain electrical systems, perform plumbing repairs, carry out carpentry tasks, repair drywall and learn painting using a variety of techniques.  The approach taken is to demonstrate the skills and then allow students to try it themselves.  Our fully equipped training facility is designed to simulate a real world working environment.  Following 12 weeks in the classroom and workshop, students complete a 4 week Work Experience Placement. Students who complete the skills training receive a certificate in Building Maintenance and Repair as well as certifications in WHMIS, Health and Safety and First Aid and CPR.

Classroom Learning
Building a Knowledge Base - While our training methods are primarily hands-on in nature, it is necessary to build a strong understanding of the theory behind the lesson. Classroom training is essential to ensure that all students work in a safe and constructive way when they hit the shop floor. Our students are adult learners and may not have formal education or training in many years. Our informal approach and interactive training methods take the anxiety out of the experience.

On the Job Learning

Work Experience Placements are an integral part of the learning experience and allow students the opportunity to put into practice the skills they learned in the classroom. Placement hosts give our students a chance to build upon their training in a real work environment. The placements are invaluable, as the employer often provides a work reference and the opportunity to gather work experience in the field that can be included in the student's resume. Some of our students are offered employment through their Placement Host or indirectly through contacts made while on the work experience placement.

Job Outcomes
Our graduates have found employment as building maintenance workers, building operators, superintendents, handy-persons, custodians, caretakers, heavy duty cleaners, sanitation workers, and hotel house persons. Qualified building maintenance workers are often suitable applicants for entry level trades jobs such as plumber’s helper, electrician’s helper, painter, drywall/taper’s assistant or renovations helpers.


Class of September 28, 2015 Graduates