Ground Worker Training Program

Arborist Ground Worker Training Program
(SkillsAdvance Ontario)

About the Training Providers

The Arborist Ground Worker Training Program is an industry-driven partnership initiative delivered between The Career Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, Ontario Chapter (ISAO) and the Ontario Commercial Arborists Association (OCAA).

Funding Provided by

The Arborist Ground Worker Training Program is made possible through the SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) pilot project funding from the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). As a sector-focused workforce development pilot, SAO supports partnerships that bring together employers with employment and training providers. The goal is to develop a pool of job-ready, skilled workers that meet employers’ workforce development needs.

Program Details

*New for 2020-21:
The program has expanded! We will be delivering the program in two separate sessions. The first session will be offered in Toronto, Ontario and the second session will be offered in London, Ontario. Candidates are encouraged to apply for the session that is most convenient for transportation.

Session Dates:

  • Toronto, Ontario: November 23, 2020 – February 26, 2021

  • London, Ontario: January 25, 2021 – April 16, 2021


A paid industry work placement will follow. Toronto student work placements occur March – April 2021. London placements occur April – May 2021.

Graduates complete the program with an Arborist Ground Worker Qualification and will receive post-employment support services until 2022.

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Job Opportunity

Program Technician - Independent Contractor *Amended

Full-Time Contract: London Region, 1 vacancy

London Contract: 5 weeks between February 22, 2021 to March 26, 2021

Wages: $40/hr for 35-40 hr per week (required travel may be reimbursed if eligible, rate TBD)

Reports to: Lead Instructor

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (11:59 pm)

*This posting has been amended. Due to COVID 19, Technicians must have experience teaching or training small groups of employees or students simultaneously. Technicians are required to train a small group of 6 students with little guidance from the Lead Instructor and no interaction with other Technicians.

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Virtual Job Fair

Starting at 1:00 pm on February 19th, 2021

Information for Employers

Employers who meet the eligibility criteria may be able to hire program graduates.

Benefits for Employers

  • Access to a pool of trained Ground Workers

  • Apply for SAO Placement Support Funds to mediate training costs

  • Create jobs for people facing unemployment or underemployment

  • Employ individuals with up-to-date techniques and health and safety practices

  • Gain support from our program staff

  • Guide and train the next generation of Arborists

  • Work with motivated and committed graduates equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).

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