RONA FabShop, a division under Tradeworks Training Society, is based on the unique 2010 FabShop project sponsored by Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) for two years running up to the winter games. Tradeworks was a partner with RONA and VANOC in the creation of the unique training and work experience program; a program designed to give targeted populations a real chance at a trades career.
The program combines training and a social enterprise, providing trainees with carpentry instruction and then giving them up to 20 weeks of work in a production operation. In addition to the technical skills training, participants will also be coached and supported to help them stay focused, deal with problems outside the workplace, and better understand the expectations of employers. Those successfully completing the porogram may challenge the Carpenter Level 1 apprenticeship technical exam and pursue an apprenticeship, or they may seek work in manufacturing, renovations and other industries. Supported by the RONA Foundation and Service Canada.