When similar training programs are offered by different institutions, how do you know which training facility would be best for you? Making the right decision can determine your future path and change your professional life.
The following tips will help you make sure that the training you take will be appreciated by employers and that the institution you choose provides the type of environment in which you learn best.
- Ask yourself why you want to take a training program – what is your goal? If you know where you want the training to take you, it is much easier to decide which program and which training institution will get you there.
- Know your career requirements and what skills are sought after in the market. Speak with people in your career and with employers to see what institute they suggest or if they know anyone who has attended the institute of your Their opinions are very important since the goal of training is to find work upon completion.
- Look for institutions that are credible in the community and have good reputation in providing industry-standards skilled trades programs and services. Institutions affiliated with school boards, community colleges and universities are legitimate, reliable and recognized in the market.
- Ask about the hands-on experience. How much of the training is provided in the classroom versus in the shop? Employers want to hire people with skills.
- Know the duration of the program and the average class size. Institutes with a smaller class size of 20 – 24 students per class provide better one-on-one attention.
- Check reviews on the instructors. Are they receiving positive comments from current or past students? Check for reviews on the institution. Look online and check Facebook, Twitter and institutes’ websites.
- Ask about additional academic support if required. Some trades require specific proficiencies in math and having additional support available on-site can be greatly beneficial.
- Ask if the institute provides job search assistance for graduates and what percentage find related employment after graduation? What kind of support can students expect upon graduation? What is the expected type of job and salary level?
- Visit training sites to see the size of their facilities. Is the equipment up-to-date and are the shops well maintained? Is there sufficient equipment for the number of students enrolled? Check for videos posted on YouTube to get a sense of the facility and see students in action.
- Ask about tuition and whether the training institute offers flexible payment options such as quarterly installments. Ask if staff can advise you on any free programs or accessing government funding. There are great training centres across Ontario, which offer fee-based and funded courses in different subjects. Understand what you are paying for. Cost in some institutes is slightly higher than others because their tuition includes tools, parking, textbooks, safety equipment and taxes. These items are very expensive add-ons so find out the real bottom line.