Not Just Another Training

Not Just A Handyman is flipping the script on training. This a unique opportunity for you to become confident in using different tools safely, get exposed to different trade opportunities, and become prepared to start your journey into the trades.

You will begin with a 3-week training that pays you to learn foundational skills and get started in the trades. After the 3 weeks, you will have tons of opportunities to participate in networking events, workshops that grow your skills, unique employment opportunities, and supports to continuing your education in the trades.

For more information, please contact William Laurie at (519)784-4164 or

Applications for Fall 2022 Cohorts are now closed.

Take your first steps to entering the skilled trades, and fill out an application today. The application is simple and should only take you a few minutes.

Before your apply, please read the information below to learn more about the steps you’ll take through training.

Note: Please still attend your Preparation Assessment even if you have not received an acceptance email yet. It is a part of the application process.

Step 2: Preparation Assessments

Knowing your tools and how to use them is just one part of succeeding in the trades. Before training begins, all participants are required to complete a preparation assessment to better tailor the training to your skill level. You will book your assessment time when you apply – we promise, it’s not a test!


What happens during the Preparation Assessment?

The Preparation Assessment takes about 1 hour to complete. You’ll meet with Kathleen or Jen, and they will ask you to complete a bunch of small tasks to get a sense of what is termed “essential skills”. These are skills we use everyday, in every way, and everyone can use a refresher from time to time.


What’s the point of the Preparation Assessment?

Let’s say you are really good with using computers, but need a refresher on adding fractions to properly use a tape measure. No shame, that’s why we do these assessments! Knowing this helps us choose what to focus on during training so you’re 100% set to get started in the trades.


Preparation Assessment Location:
Adult Language and Learning
240 King St. W.
Chatham, ON
N7M 1E7

Please call when you arrive – 519-354-7424


Step 3: Orientation Day

You are joining a growing community of passionate people who are interested in the skilled trades – and we want to properly welcome you!

During the orientation day, you will meet Will and our other trainers who will support you over the next 3 weeks. You will also receive your toolbelt, tools, and training package filled with all the information you need.

You will also begin to network with your cohort, take a tour of the training trailer, and join us for a BBQ lunch.

Orientation Location:
530 Victoria Avenue (basement)
Chatham, ON
N7L 3B7

Step 4: The Training

Over 3 weeks, you will learn a variety of skills and become familiar with different tools that are foundational to the trades. The training is a mixture of essential skills and hands-on training:


  • Essential Skills – Workshops covering soft and personal skills that will help you succeed in the trades, such as pricing products and services or working in a team
  • Hands-on Training – Build-a-thons where you get to create different products to practice tool-related safety, skills, and techniques

Training Schedule:
Mondays to Thursdays
9:00am to 5:00pm


Training Location:
530 Victoria Avenue (basement)
Chatham, ON
N7L 3B7

Step 5: Wrap-Up Day

Let’s end the training like we started – with a celebration!

On our last day, you will finish up your builds, and be able to showcase what you accomplished over the past 3 weeks.

Step 6: Growing Your Skills

Even though training is done, you can’t get rid of us that easily! We have partnered with local businesses, St. Clair College, and community partners to create micro-workshops and events for you to grow and hone your skills, including:

  • Monthly Skills Workshops on tools, skills, and techniques not covered in training
  • Networking events with mentors, community partners, and local businesses
  • Info sessions to support your transition to apprenticeship and post-secondary education in the trades
  • Unique employment opportunities offered to our training grads, including help to start your own business

You will also be connected to our community of training graduates through Discord to keep your networks fresh.


Simply put, the possibilities are endless – you choose what to take advantage of!

William Laurie, Trades & Youth Mentor

Will enjoys wood working, welding, and vehicle repair in his spare time. Using his current skills, training and passion, Will is excited to lead Not Just A Handyman to support the young adults across CK in taking their new and developing skills and launch themselves into a career that is meaningful to them.


Phone: (519)784-4164


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This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.



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