BURLINGTON, Ont. Assisting youth in determining a career path, introducing the skilled trades, building confidence and getting a paid work experience are the hallmarks of Get In Gear (GIG) – a program funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre).
Mike Wallace, MP, Burlington visited The Centre to see first-hand how the program worked.
“It’s exciting to me, to see how an investment in a program translates into valuable, real-world applicable learning for our young people,” said Wallace. “It’s extremely gratifying.”
The GIG program is free, providing 15 students per session with a 10-week, in-class program followed by an eight-week paid work placement. Graduates of the GIG program have many options from pursuing full-time employment to undergoing formal training such as The Centre’s pre-apprenticeship skilled trades programs. “GIG is a stepping stone for young people,” advised Jason Linton, CAO, The Centre. “It’s about presenting options and supporting youth in making informed decisions to positively impact their future.”
Eligibility requirements for Get in Gear participants include:
- Participant age of between 17-30 years old
- Legally entitled to work in Canada
- Not attending full time school, work or training
- Not in receipt (or never have been in receipt) of Employment Insurance benefits
- Motivated to succeed
- Looking for help to overcome difficulties finding and keeping a job
To learn about upcoming information sessions and interviews, call 905-333-3499 x115 or visit thecentre.on.ca.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training has 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.
For more information please contact:
Alex Fuller, Manager
Marketing and Communications
905-333-3499 x 128