The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre) along with Gary Allan High School (GAHS) provides adult and continuing education services. The Centre evolved from the adult education department of the Halton District School Board to become a financially independent, not-for-profit organization, delivering free government-funded programs to help people at all stages of life (youth, job seekers and newcomers to Canada) get on a path to career success. Services include one-on-one job coaching, workshops, settlement services, ESL classes and funded and fee-based pre-apprenticeship skilled trades programs. The Centre also works closely with employers, providing free, professional recruitment with access to pre-screened candidates, financial wage and training incentives and customized skilled trades training.
GAHS offers adult, alternative and continuing education credit-based programs, working with The Centre to collectively serve over 25,000 people annually through multiple sites in Halton Region and Mississauga. Together, GAHS and The Centre extend the reach of the HDSB to support people of all ages, bridging the gap for learners between high school and their next steps – continued education, training or employment.
The Centre’s services at-a-glance:
- Employment Services – Individuals receive personalized help with their job search and/or career planning.
- Pre-apprenticeship skilled trades training – Training is offered in construction, electrical and millwright/machinist trades where students get trained and job-ready fast.
- Services for new immigrants to Canada – Clients get support in settling into the community, finding work in their field, and improving their English language skills.
- Services for employers – Employers receive assistance to recruit, retain, develop and transition their workforce.