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 Skills Link, part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, and delivered by The Centre for Skills Development & Training (“The Centre”) in Burlington.
Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others develop employability skills and gain valuable job experience. This helps them in making a successful transition into the workforce or to return to school. These youth could include those who have not completed high school, those who are unemployed or underemployed, low-income single parents, Indigenous youth, young persons with disabilities, youth living in rural or remote areas, or newcomers.
Today at a Centre event, the Honourable Karina Gould, MP for Burlington, announced the federal government’s commitment to a three-year funding package for the Get in Gear program, totalling $1,931,884. Gould advises that, “Developing Canada’s youth is a priority. The Centre’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, was not in attendance but offered support, stating “We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. Youth in Burlington will benefit tremendously from the opportunity to develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience.”
The Centre’s CAO, Lisa Rizzato, adds, “This program is a solid stepping stone. The three-year funding represents a strong investment in our youth. It provides them with choices to gain valuable real-world experience and to make informed decisions to positively impact their future, which not only improves their lives but also gives life to the economy.”
The GIG program is free with a limit of 15 seats per session. Participants interested in the 10-week, in-class program which is followed by a 10-week paid work placement, can call 905-333-3499 x382 to find out more about the application procedure, or visit thecentre.on.ca/SkilledTrades/GetInGear/
Eligibility requirements for Get in Gear participants include:
- 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. The next GIG session will run from September 25.