Interested in a career in carpentry, woodworking or construction? Join one of Open Door Group's Employment Programs

Women in Trades (WIT) and Carpentry: Kickstart your Career (Kickstart) are 10 week pre-apprentice trades programs that run four days a week in a fully equipped carpentry facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Neighborhood. As a program participant, you’ll receive hands-on experience using the latest hand tools, power tools and other equipment used in today’s construction and woodworking industry.

During the program, you’ll be mentored by highly qualified instructors who have practical industry experience. Upon program completion, you’ll be able to complete basic carpentry projects, make customized pieces and finish personal projects.

All participants are required to know workplace safety rules and current industry standards for the trades before receiving their certificate. While taking this program, you’ll have the opportunity to complete training in the following areas:

  • First Aid Level One
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Forklift Operation
  • Fall Protection on the Job Site

Another element to our program is that we provide employment readiness workshops to the participants. You’ll learn how to write a resume specifically for the trades, attend interview preparation workshops, and develop strategies to shape your long-term career goals.

During the program, we’ll support you in pursuing continued education or finding employment in the construction, woodworking, and manufacturing industries.


Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund

For more program information