Finding a stable, well-paying career in the skilled trades can be difficult for many people. Fortunately, organizations like Helmets to Hardhats are dedicated to helping individuals from all backgrounds achieve their employment goals.
Founded in 2008, Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) works directly with Canada’s 14 building trades unions to find careers for its clients in over 60 different trades and occupations. Most of these trades involve working in construction, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, and other related fields.
At the same time, H2H is partnering up with Aman Lara, an organization dedicated to connecting Afghan refugees to the Canadian workforce. Through this collaboration, H2H is expanding its efforts to direct Canadian employers to hire and retain Afghan nationals into well-paying careers in the skilled trades.
To make sure that these refugees are properly taken care of, H2H is working closely with Aman Lara, Carpenters’ Regional Council, and Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU). These organizations are assisting in filling critical labour shortages while providing sustainable employment and developing an inclusive skilled trades workforce.
Along with these partners, H2H provides a variety of resources to help newcomers reach their potential. This includes access to job boards, resume services, and financial aid. They also offer mentorship programs where individuals will have the opportunity to get advice from seasoned professionals in the field.
As more and more Afghan refugees look to make a life in Canada, Helmets to Hardhats will continue to collaborate with Canada’s unions and like-minded organizations to assist additional Afghan nationals in finding and retaining stable careers in the skilled trades. Such opportunities can provide these individuals with the foundation necessary to build a rewarding and lucrative career in the future.