Story written by Beth Steel, Innovation and Business Engagement
A 12x16 timber frame structure built by 10 students in an upskilling construction program at SLC will stay on campus and be available to students in the Carpentry Techniques program who will learn raising and lowering techniques with timber frame structures.
The upskilling program, funded by Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) and Skills Advance Ontario (SAO), is for workers already in the construction sector or for those looking to enter the construction field. Timber framing is a highly sought-after skill as many new home designs incorporate specific timber frame elements and homeowners are looking for additional timber frame sheds or gazebos, etc., to enhance their space.
Using a blend of hand tools and power tools, the 10 students worked on prepping each piece for its specific role and place in the framework. Working together with larger unwieldy pieces to ensure precise fits and smooth assembly, there was little differentiation in task assignments between newbie and experienced worker. Leadership and teaching provided by recognized expert timber framer and SLC staff Jason Gibson allowed each learner to develop real time skills which can be translated directly to workplaces.
St. Lawrence College is one of five members of the Eastern Ontario College Consortium (EOCC).
This employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
For more information about this and other construction related training opportunities offered via this grant, contact Beth Steel, firstname.lastname@example.org