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Central Ontario Building Trades

Hammer Heads

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$4.9 million

To date, the Hammer Heads program has saved the government $4.9 million and counting!

Creating MeaningfulCareersNot Temporary Employment


The Central Ontario Building Trades (COBT) and our affiliates established Hammer Heads to assist under-resourced and Aboriginal youth by linking them to registered apprenticeship opportunities in the skilled construction trades which might not otherwise be accessible. As a community-based initiative, Hammer Heads takes pride in giving back to our communities by delivering meaningful careers, not temporary jobs, focusing on 100% success and retention strategies. The Hammer Heads program all begins with the first step.

It all begins with the first step...

1. Opportunities

Creating opportunities for under-resourced youth.

2. Motivation

Motivation through diverse training curriculum & peer-to-peer support.

3. Overcoming Obstacles

Participants are equipped with the necessary tools to succeed in the workforce.

4. Safety & Training

Hands-on skills development to build confidence & promote positive self-awareness.

5. Education

Focus on education to raise the academic standard of participants.

6. Leadership & Mentoring

Coaching from Hammer Heads staff, training instructors & trades-persons.

7. Multiple Trades Training

Multi-trades training resulting in successful long-term careers in construction.

8. Registered Apprenticeships

Hands on experience provide unique life-changing opportunities to learn a skilled trade.

9. Career Support

Developing partnerships that link under-resourced youth to local apprenticeships.

10. Systemic Change

Comprehensive support system to help transition graduates into a career.

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The Hammer Heads Program is a skill and employment-based training program within the construction industry offering apprenticeship career opportunities to the youth of under-resourced neighbourhoods in our communities.

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Investing in Youth


Our graduates are linked to registered apprenticeship careers in the construction industry, working towards life changing careers...

  • Plumbers
  • Electrical workers
  • Ironworkers
  • Sprinkler Fitters
  • Glaziers
  • Many more…
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Creating Opportunities


youth who no longer require support from Ontario Works, saving the City of Toronto just over $4.9 million


graduates who have been residents of Toronto Community Housing who have begun their apprenticeships


graduates have started their registered apprenticeships

CommunityINVOLVEMENTStarts With Giving Back

Hammer Heads wholeheartedly believes in being engaged with the community. As part of their training, each of our classes spends time cleaning up parks and community centres and sometimes shoveling snow for residents.

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Community Involvement

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