Wood Employee Readiness Curriculum (WERC)
WERC is a training program designed to attract workers from a variety of backgrounds—including Aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, new Canadians and immigrants working in Canada. This program has been designed to train individuals for entry-level occupations in the advanced wood manufacturing sector.
The ultimate goal of the training program is to provide job readiness training for eligible and prospective workers from equity groups, enabling them to:
- begin working with manufacturers upon completion of the training, or
- pursue further study in the WoodLINKS Certification program
WERC will open new doors for people who might not otherwise have considered a career in advanced wood manufacturing. The program’s goal is to improve recruitment, training and career development of equity and target groups while meeting the training and labour resource needs of the industry. This skills development and recruiting initiative will establish collaborative relationships across Canada with government, industry, education, immigrant-serving and training organizations as well as target and equity group agencies.
The main components of the WERC pre-employment program include:
- Intake Assessment
- Essential and Life Skills Development
- Introduction to Basic Wood Manufacturing
- Safety Training, Job Shadowing and Job Placement
The WMC is now actively promoting the program and is working to develop formal partnerships with equity agencies, job developers, adult education and employment centres, manufacturers, high schools, colleges and other interested stakeholders.
Please contact us to become a part of this program.