How accessible is the school by local transit, GO, car (km)?Burlington Transit: The Centre is easily accessible by public transit with a bus stop within 200 meters of the front door. For Burlington Transit bus information, please visit their website. GO Transit: The Centre is within 3 km of both Burlington and Appleby GO Station. From each of the GO Stations there is a direct Burlington Transit bus to The Centre. For more information about GO Transit, please visit their website.
Is free parking available?On-site parking is included in your tuition.
Is The Centre a Private Career College?As an affiliate of the Halton District School Board, The Centre is exempt from the Private Career Colleges Act. If you require an Exemption Letter confirming this, please let us know.
What are the qualifications of the instructors?Each skilled trades instructor has the Certificate of Qualification in their trade, a minimum of 10 years’ industry experience, and Train the Trainer training. Many of our instructors have additional certifications and training related to teaching and their trade.
How many students are in each class?Each class has a maximum of 20 students and 1 or more instructors, for a student teacher ratio ranging from 10:1 to 20:1.
Is it a fixed program or can the school customize a program to suit your training needs?The curriculum is set; however, our small class sizes allow for some individual customization. If you feel you would need more individualized training please contact us before your program starts.
What accommodations are available for special needs?Accommodations are based on individual needs.
What are the marks or grades required to graduate?To successfully complete the in-class portion of our program you need to have a 70% average in the course work. This is consistent with the expectations of apprenticeship programs in Ontario.
Are additional or make-up exams allowed, if necessary?Make-up exams can be completed at the discretion of the instructors.
If I disagree with a mark or grade, is there an appeals process?There is no formal appeals process; however, the nature of trades programs lend themselves to more objective marking.
Is job placement part of the program?All of our full-time programs include Job Search Assistance to successful graduates (students who have not missed more than 30 hours of class and maintain an average of at least 70%). The goal of the Job Development Team at The Centre is to help you find your first paid work experience related to your training. The Centre also offers Job Coaching to help you transition into your new career.
Is there job search assistance provided?During the program you will meet one-on-one with a professional to create a specialized resume. Staff will work with you to create a resume that highlights your skills, experience and current training to prepare you for your job searching in the industry. You will also have access to a variety of workshops to help you prepare to job search and work in the industry.
What type employers have hired previous graduates of The Centre’s Skilled Trades Training Programs?The employers range from large international organizations to smaller independent companies.
What is The Centre’s reputation with employers in the industry?The Centre has a longstanding history working with employers throughout the Hamilton, Halton and Peel regions. We regularly consult with employers in the community to make sure that our course material is relevant and meets industry needs.
Are the Instructors of The Centre’s Skilled Trades Training Programs evaluated? If so, how often?Yes, once per term.
Is the course content of this training program evaluated? If so, how often?Yes, every year we follow the standardized assessment system created by the Ministry of Education which covers 4 key areas: Communication, Knowledge, Thinking, and Application.
Does The Centre obtain input from employers?The Centre reviews our Skilled Trades Program at least once per year. Each time we conduct a review we collect feedback from employers, graduates and current students.
Besides the tuition, are there any additional costs?Tuition includes all of your personal protective equipment, textbooks, tools and parking in addition to safety training including First Aid, CPR and Fall Arrest. There are no additional costs. Students are issues a T2202A for their tuition.
What are the costs for necessary certification exams (if applicable)? Are these costs included or are they extra?The only cost for this program is the tuition. There may be costs for certification beyond the pre-apprenticeship training.
Must additional supplies be purchased through this school?Additional supplies are not necessary. Tuition includes books, tools, and personal protective equipment.
Is there a resource centre or quiet place to study?The Centre has a Resource Centre where students have access to computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopiers and resources.
How long has The Centre been offering Skilled Trades Training Programs?The Centre has been offering Skilled Trades Training Programs since 1997.
Is it possible for a student to gain credit or exemption for one or more components of a Centre Skilled Trades Training Program if he/she has prior related knowledge or experience? If so, what is the process involved?No, all students are required to demonstrate knowledge of the course material in class.
Is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or a General Education Development (GED) required for admission to a Skilled Trades Training Program at The Centre?A High School Diploma is not required. Students who have not completed their OSSD or GED may be eligible for some high school credits as a result of completing this program. Although you do not require a diploma to complete The Centre’s Skilled Trades Training, a high school diploma or equivalent is required to be signed an apprentice in many of the skilled trades. If you are interested in earning your GED, our Doorways program can help.
Will I be required to get a medical check, criminal check, or driver’s abstract before starting a Centre Skilled Trades Training Program? Or before a field placement, or before gaining the associated license(s), credential(s), or certification(s)?None of this is required for the in-class portion of The Centre’s Skilled Trades Training Programs; however, an employer may require that the student meet some of the noted criteria for work.
What is the diploma/certificate earned from a Centre Skilled Trades Training Program?Upon completion of a Skilled Trades Training Program, students will receive a certificate of completion and a transcript which indicates their achievement in each subject along with class hours completed.
Describe assignments in addition to regular class work.There are some assignments outside of regular class work that represent trade-specific, theory based learning in order to prepare students for upcoming classes.
What instructional methods are used?The instructional methods for each class are 65-70% hands-on and shop floor training learning and 30-35% in-class verbal instruction.
InfoThe Get in Gear (GIG) program is an 18-week career and trades exploration program. Over the first 8 weeks participants spend half their day developing life and employability skills, improving job search skills, completing aptitude assessments and the other half doing basic hands on training in three skilled trades: construction, manufacturing, and electrical. The remaining 10 weeks is a work experience placement for participants to gain more hands on experience with a local employer.
Who is eligible for the Get in Gear Program?To be eligible participants must be:
- between the ages of 17 and 30 (inclusive) at time of intake/selection
- in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons on whom refugee protection has been conferred
- out of school
- legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
- not in receipt pf Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Source: Service Canada
How do I apply for the program?Contact the Get in Gear program to register for an information session. At the info session you will have to: • Complete the registration forms • Attend an interview o As part of our selection process we conduct interviews to help us determine your situation and employment/education history to ensure you are suitable for the program.
How much does the program cost?The program is free! There is no cost to the participant.
Who funds this program?Service Canada, a ministry of the Federal Government, funds the Get in Gear program under the Youth Employment Strategy – Skills Link program.
What is a Skills Link program?The Skills Link program helps youth facing barriers to employment – such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and high school non-completers – obtain knowledge and develop the broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. Source: Service Canada
I have my High School Diploma. Am I eligible for the program?You are eligible for the program; however, those without a high school diploma will be given first priority.
I am currently in High School. Am I eligible for the program?People who are enrolled in a Secondary School are not eligible for the program. You only become eligible once you graduate or leave school.
I have collected Employment Insurance (EI). Am I eligible for the program?No, if you are currently collecting, or have collected EI in the past you are not eligible for the program.
Can I take the program if I am on social assistance?Yes. We suggest you speak to your case manager about your goals.
How much am I paid to take the GIG program?Participants earn minimum wage for the hours they are in the program, up to 6 hours a day. There is a 30 minute unpaid lunch. Minimum wage is currently at $11.40 per hour.
What are the hours of the program?The program runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.
Do I have to provide my own safety boots?No, safety boots and safety glasses will be provided if you are accepted into the program. You will receive a voucher on the first day.
Who decides who is accepted into the Get in Gear program?The information you provide us will be submitted to Service Canada for approval.
How will I be notified if I am accepted into the GIG program?Only those who are accepted will be notified by a phone call. If you are not accepted into the program you will receive an email referring you to other Centre programs.
What do I get at the end of program?You will receive a Certificate of Completion upon graduation. You will also receive WHMIS and Fall Arrest certification at the end of program (provided you complete the required workshop and test). All of these items will be presented to you in a portfolio that you work on throughout the program.
When I am finished the program do I get an apprenticeship?There are no guaranteed jobs for participants after the program is complete. Participants may find apprenticeships once finished the program however, others may require more training before they are offered an apprenticeship by an employer. It is important to remember that this is a career exploration program designed to give job-seekers a better understanding of what career they want to pursue.
How accessible is the school by local transit, GO, car (km)?Burlington Transit – The Centre is accessible by public transit. For Burlington Transit bus information please see their website. GO Transit – The Centre is within 5 km of both Burlington and Appleby GO Stations. For more information about GO Transit please see their website.
What are your hours of operation?Our four Employment Services locations are open every weekday. BURLINGTON Mon/Tue/Thurs/Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Wed: 8:30 am – 7 pm (September to June only) CLARKSON (MISSISSAUGA) Mon: 8:30 am – 7 pm (September to June only) Tue/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm MILTON Mon: 8:30 am – 7 pm (September to June only) Tue/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm OAKVILLE Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Tue: 8:30 am – 7 pm (September to June only)
I would like to come into the resource centre to work on my resume. What kind of resources can I access?In our employment resource centres, you have access to a variety of resume books and tip-sheets. You can also access our computers for Internet research. At each of our locations, Employment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have in regards to resumes or any other job search topics.
Do I have to be unemployed in order to access your services?No, you don’t have to be unemployed. Everyone can access our services as long as they are looking for employment or training options.
Do I have to book an appointment the first time I want to come in?No, an appointment is not necessary. At your first visit we will get you registered and have a brief conversation about your employment or training goals. Based on that discussion, we will determine the best course of action, as well as next steps.
Do you provide funding for Second Career?Second Career is a program offered by the Government of Ontario to provide funding for training to individuals who have been laid off. We can give you information about the program and help you go through the steps involved in submitting the application for funding. However, The Centre for Skills Development & Training does not provide you with the funding.
I have been out of the labour market for many years and I feel out of touch with what industries are growing and shrinking. Can you assist me with labour market research?Yes, we can provide support in identifying labour market trends and researching occupations and industries for employment and training opportunities.
In addition to employment assistance I am having difficulties meeting my basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. Does The Centre offer any assistance with this?Our staff is very knowledgeable on a wide range of various community supports/programs for counselling, shelter, food banks, clothing assistance and we can help by suggesting or making referrals as needed to local resources.
How much do services for employers cost?Many of our services are FREE to qualifying employers, due to government funding:
- Recruitment support (funded by Employment Ontario)
- Hiring support (funded by Employment Ontario)
- Job board (funded in part by Employment Ontario)
- Workplace English as a Second Language training (funded by Ontario Government)
How do I know if my business qualifies for FREE recruitment support and hiring support through The Centre?Qualifying employers must:
- Have a business licensed to operate in Ontario;
- Be hiring candidates that will complement existing staff and not result in lay-offs; and
- Have WSIB (or the equivalent) as well as third party liability insurance
How do I post a job with The Centre?
Where can I receive more information about human resources issues?Please visit the Resources for Employers section of our job board - YourJobBoard.ca. Here you will find useful links to free online resources related to:
- Recruiting employees
- Hiring employees
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
- Employment Standards Act
- Worker Health and Safety
- Exiting employees
How much does it cost?All of our services are funded by Employment Ontario, so there is no cost to our students!
What are the hours of operation?Class availability changes to meet the needs of the community. Currently classes are offered Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. We are also available to answer any questions during our business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm) so feel free to contact us at 905-333-3499 ext. 332 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I attend Doorways to complete high-school credits?No, Doorways does not offer high school credits. However, Doorways can help you prepare for writing the GED—a high school equivalency test (see below).
Which subjects are offered?Doorways focuses on helping clients upgrade their math, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Our specialty is math for the skilled trades.
How long does it take?There is no set timeline – students work at their own pace. You can stay in the program until you have achieved your personal, career or educational goals.
How many hours per week can I attend Doorways if I am receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits?You may attend up to 9 hours per week without affecting your EI benefits. You may also apply for written permission from Service Ontario to attend up to 20 hours per week.
Why do I have to do an assessment before I can start classes?The initial assessment is an important step that helps us determine your current level of skill. Once we find out where your skills are right now, we can work together to create a plan to help you work towards your goals.
When can I write the entry assessment?Call 905-333-3499 ext. 332 or email email@example.com to book an appointment to write your initial assessment. The initial assessment usually involves reading comprehension, math and writing, and typically takes about three hours to complete. It’s not necessary to complete all three sections in one sitting.
What is the class like?The classroom environment is an independent study setting where there may be several students working on different subjects at different levels. It is a very casual setting; feel free to bring coffee or your lunch.
Am I too old to go back to school? Will I be in class with kids?We believe that everyone is a lifelong learner. Our program serves students over the age of 19.
When do I have to be there?We require that our students commit to at least 6 hours of class-time per week. If you attend less than 6 hours per week, you will not see any progress. The more hours you’re in class, the faster you’ll reach your goal!
Can learning material be taken home to be worked on independently?We don’t sign our learning materials out, but we do have material you can take home with you or we can photocopy any information you need from our books. We can also direct you to some online courses that may help you reach your goal more quickly!
Is homework assigned?While you may be given work to do at home outside of classroom hours, it is not required that you complete it. However, completing assigned homework will help you achieve your goal.
How long does it take to finish the course?Students work at their own pace and typically complete their upgrading in 4 to 6 weeks. However, your attendance rate and the speed at which you are able to learn and retain new materials will determine your rate of progress.
What do I need to buy before I come to class?A binder, some lined paper, and a pencil would help. But don’t fret, Doorways also has some extra supplies to help get you started.
Can I go evenings or weekends?Doorways does not offer weekend or evening classes.
What if I’ve forgotten everything about math?Don’t worry; we will start you off at whatever level is comfortable for you, whether it’s fractions or algebra. We can also refer you to 1-on-1 training if that’s more suitable to your needs.
What about computer training?Doorways offers computer-basics training as needed. We also have a computer lab that you can use during class to get acquainted with computer basics or to become more familiar with some certain programs you might use in the workplace. You can also use our computers to complete online training or e-learning.
What if I don’t live in Burlington? Can I still get upgrading?If it is more convenient for you to receive upgrading closer to your home we can help you get in touch with adult upgrading programs in your area.
Can you tell me more about the skilled trades programs at The Centre?Call our Trades Department at 905-333-3499 ext.332 for more information. Register to attend a free Information Session to get a tour of our shops!
I need to rewrite an assessment to enter a skilled trades program at The Centre. What steps do I need to take?Please call us at (905) 333-3499 ext. 332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment to begin your upgrading and prepare for the rewrite.
Is Doorways just for skilled trades people?No, it’s not. Doorways also provides services to those interested in preparing for the GED examination, mature students testing for college, and also to clients who wish to upgrade their math and communication skills so they can enter or re-enter the workforce, or prepare for credit training.
What is the GED?GED stands for “General Educational Development.” GED Testing is for adults who left high school without a diploma. People who take and pass the GED examination earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate. This is different from a High School Diploma (a diploma can only be obtained by earning all of your high school credits). For more information about the GED visit the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) website: www.ilc.org.
How do I get my GED?To get your GED you must write and pass a test composed of 5 different subjects: Language Arts (Reading), Language Arts (Writing), Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.
Can I write the GED at The Centre?No. The GED is administered by the Independent Learning Centre (ILC). You can find registration forms, testing sites and dates, and all the information regarding the GED at www.ilc.org.
- To write the GED Tests, you must: a) be at least 18 years of age, b) have been out of school for at least one full year, c) not have graduated from high school, and d) be a resident of Ontario.
Will the GED be good enough to get into college?Maybe; it depends on the college and program you are applying for. Check with the school’s admissions department to confirm that the GED is an acceptable pre-requisite for your program of choice.
How do I get my high school diploma?Locally, you may complete your Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD) by earning high school credits through Gary Allan High School (garyallan.ca) or completing independent study credits via www.ilc.org.
Can you help me find a job?Doorways is primarily an adult upgrading program that helps clients improve their academic skills to prepare them for employment or further education. However, The Centre offers free access to Employment Resource Centres that provide clients with all the resources they need to find work. Please visit www.thecentre.on.ca for further information and to find a location nearest you.