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 project funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Fund strategy 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 with a limit of 15 students per session. Participants interested in the 10-week, in-class program which is followed by an eight-week paid work placement, can call 905-333-3499 x182 to find out more about the application procedure or visit thecentre.on.ca.
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
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 Kathy Mills, CAO, The Centre. “It’s about presenting options and supporting youth in making informed decisions to positively impact their future.”
The next GIG sessions will be held:
- Summer Session: July 21 – September 26, followed by an eight-week work experience
- Fall Session: October 14 – December 19th, followed by an eight-week work experience
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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For further information, please contact:
Ellen Faraday, Coordinator
Trades and Technology
Alex Fuller, Manager
Marketing and Communications