BURLINGTON, Ont. – Building a healthy community by providing workforce development programs and services is the objective of The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre). Recently, The Centre’s Get In Gear (GIG) program was recognized, taking first place in The National Youth Employment Innovation Awards contest.
“The award is reflective of the valuable work staff perform and the positive impact on the clients we serve.” said Jason Linton, CAO, The Centre. “The program provides hands-on exposure to the skilled trades and a paid work experience – it’s a wonderful program for youth under 30 who need to gain perspective and understanding about different career options.”
GIG was recognized by First Work: The Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres and the National Youth Employment Coalition, for delivering a comprehensive youth-focused and outcomes-based program.
“Employer partnerships are integral.” said Linton, “Providing young people the opportunity to experience meaningful employment goes a long way in building self-esteem, discipline and independence in our students.”
Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Fund strategy, GIG is a free, career exploration program providing 10-weeks of in-class training followed by an eight-week paid work placement. For more information visit: thecentre.on.ca/skilledtrades
The Centre for Skills Development & Training is a not-for-profit incorporated affiliate of the Halton District School Board with locations across Halton and in Mississauga. The Centre helps people at all stages of life get on a path to career success—from youth just starting out, to older workers who have been laid off; from newcomers to Canada who need to improve their workplace English, to people interested in the trades who need to build their technical skills; and from small business owners looking to hire staff, to large companies who need help developing and transitioning their workforce. Learn more at thecentre.on.ca.
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