SOCIAL IMPACT THROUGH PURCHASING

Tradeworks has facilitated opportunities for mentorship and transitional employment in the trades since 1994. Tradeworks employs individuals with various barriers to employment after their completion of a carpentry and manufacturing employment program run by our partner organization, Open Door Group. You can learn more about Women in Trades Training Program here.

While working in the social enterprise, our crew receives additional mentorship from staff, hones their woodworking and/or laser engraving skills, and gains experience in the field. Throughout their employment at Tradeworks, they are encouraged and supported to seek full-time employment in the trades. When you purchase items from Tradeworks, you’re not only getting handcrafted wood products—you’re directly contributing to the next group of crew members to move through our social enterprise and take their career into their own hands.

OUR WORKSHOP

We’re proud to serve Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and are located in the historic neighbourhood of Strathcona. We share our 5000 square foot workshop with the Open Door Group Trades Employment Programs.

Our workspace includes a coaching station with learning tables, a fabrication station and a laser engraving studio. Our upstairs office and meeting space provides access to computer stations for researching carpentry and joinery techniques and connecting with trades employers.

CUSTOM WORK

Looking for a special project? We do a wide range of custom work both downstairs in our shop and through our laser engraving department.

Our shop produces primarily outdoor furniture and structures, including custom parklets, outdoor garden planter collections, and gazebo’s.

Our laser engraving department produces wedding favours and decor, custom signs and corporate gifts (including custom engraved plaques).

Interested in learning more? E-mail us at tradeworks@opendoorgroup.org. Include a brief description of what you’re looking for. If you have a picture of your dream design, please include it as an attachment in the e-mail