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AdvancEd - Job Skills Training Program

AdvancEd — Job Skills Training Program

Are you looking to improve your skills or are you an employer looking to train your staff?

Offering a wide range of technical and essential skills training for eligible participants, the AdvancEd Job Skills Training Program provides tuition free training, job matching, individualized training plans and more for job seekers and employed workers. We focus on three of Kawartha Lakes’ local sectors: manufacturing, construction and agriculture. If you want to get a job, are already employed or are a local employer who wants to train staff in one of these sectors then AdvancEd could be a good fit for you.

Job seekers and employed workers, we provide the training you need to get a job or advance your career. 

Employers, we work hand-in-hand with you to help find the right applicant(s) for vacant positions and to identify training needs to take your staff to the next level.

Scroll down for more information and to register for one of our Virtual Information meetings.

The AdvancEd Job Skills Training program is a partnership between Kawartha Lakes, Fleming College and VCCS employment centre. It is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

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Economic Development Officer - Workforce Development
180 Kent Street West, Lindsay ON K9V 2Y6
Telephone: 705-324-9411 extension 1234
Toll Free: 1-888-822-2225 extension 1234
Fax: 705-324-4965

Email: Economic Development - Workforce Development

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Participating Sectors in the Kawartha Lakes: 

Agriculture

Manufacturing

Construction

AdvancEd Job Skills Training Information

Click here for the AdvancEd Skills Training Guide

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 I'm a Job Seeker

Apply now for the AdvancEd Job Skills Training program for Kawartha Lakes. The AdvancEd program will match you, the job seeker with an employer that is looking to hire. The program is a six-week pre-employment training and includes a two-week job trial with an actual employer that is looking to hire. During this time, you will receive training in essential and technical skills, interview and job readiness support, as well as access to financial support to help cover your day to day costs while in training. Currently, AdvancEd can train you for jobs in three sectors: manufacturing, construction and agriculture.

If you are not sure which sector is a good fit for you, do not worry, we can help you figure that out. The training is free, and no cost to the job seeker. For more information, complete the Job Seeker Contact Form under the How To Register section below.

AdvancEd Job Skills Training is a SkillsAdvance Ontario program funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development SkillsAdvance Ontario program.

Additional Resources:

Sample Curriculum - Agriculture                      

Sample Curriculum - Manufacturing & Construction

Job Seeker Training Dates
 How to Register
  1. Review the I’m a Job Seeker section and browse the AdvancEd Job Skills Training Guide.

  2. Sign-up for a virtual meeting, by completing the Job Seeker Contact Form.

  3. After your virtual meeting with SAO, you will be sent the provincial registration form for the program if you're eligible.

Job Seeker Contact Form

Provincial Registration Forms

Note: The provincial registration forms are available for reference below, but should not be completed until a virtual meeting with SAO is complete. Once you have participated in an Information Session, spoken to a Job Developer and been accepted into the program, these are the forms you may need. You may need to download the document in order to view the documents.

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I'm an Existing (Incumbent) Worker
We offer training to incumbent workers like you, who are looking to advance in the workplace and to take their job to the next level. We know the workplace is changing and the AdvancEd Job Skills Training Program can support you to continuously improve and progress within your current line of work. Achieve new certifications, add new tools to your tool belt and get training to support your employee performance review.

If you work in manufacturing, construction or agriculture and are interested in learning more or applying for the program, check out the How To Register section below and complete the Existing (Incumbent) Worker Contact Form.

Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development SkillsAdvance Ontario program, there is no cost to the employee or to the employer. If you are currently working full-time, part-time or are laid-off you can qualify for the AdvancEd Job Skills Training – Incumbent Worker Stream. Apply today to take advantage of our free training program.

 How to Register
  1. Review the above I’m an Existing (Incumbent) Worker section and browse the AdvancEd Job Skills Training Guide. 

  2. Invite your employer to review the program information as well.

  3. Sign-up for a Virtual Information Session and nominate your employer by completing the Existing (Incumbent) Worker Contact Form and nominate your Employer.

  4. After your virtual meeting with SAO, you will be sent the provincial registration forms for the program if you're eligible.

Existing (Incumbent) Worker Contact Form

*It is recommended you share this training program with your Employer (Human Resources, Supervisor or Manager) and have them view the I’m an Employer section. If you would like more information before discussing with your employer contact us for additional information.

Provincial Registration Forms

Note: The provincial registration forms are available for reference below, but should not be completed until a virtual meeting with SAO is complete. Once you have participated in an Information Session, spoken to a Job Developer and been accepted into the program, these are the forms you may need. You may need to downlaod the document in order to view the documents.

 I'm an Employer

If you are in the manufacturing, construction or agriculture sector then this program is for you. The AdvancEd Job Skills Training has two streams available to local employers to support workforce development. Through the Job Seeker and Incumbent Worker streams, the AdvancEd program works in partnership with you to enhance your staffing retention and workforce development. The program is free and fully funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. You can also apply for financial support to offset eligible costs to the business. 

The Job Seeker Stream:

For your new hire needs, we offer a six-week pre-employment training program and match you with suitable candidates for your job vacancy. During this training period, the job seeker gains multiple sector specific certifications and training over a four-week classroom period, followed by a two-week job trial at your place of employment. You get the unique opportunity to meet and interview the candidate and then work with them over a two-week Job Trial to confirm the fit for your vacancy. It is a low-risk way to fill your positions while supporting the hiring of local job seekers. In addition, we stay connected with you and the job seeker up to 12 months post-training in order to provide additional support to both parties as a way to support long-term success. 

The Incumbent Stream:

If you’ve identified training needs for your staff through employee performance reviews or have particular staff that have specific skill gaps and training needs, we can connect you with essential and technical skills training. Through a community-based partnership, Kawartha Lakes, Fleming College and VCCS will work together to provide the specific training that your staff need. 

Benefits to Employer
  • Support for your hiring and onboarding of new staff
  • Two-week job trial during the Job Seeker stream so you can see the candidate work

  • No cost to you, it is fully funded training

  • Up to one-year post training for the job seeker you onboard. 

  • Provide training to your incumbent staff. Use your Employee Performance Review to identify training needed within your workforce

  • Receive sector specific training

  • Hire local job seeker and upskill and reskill your existing workforce

Employer Information Sessions
  • Manufacturing and Construction
    • June 24 - 3:30 pm
    • June 30 - 10:00 am
    • July 7 - 3:00 pm
    • July 12 - 3:00 am
  • Agriculture
    • July 26 - 2:30 pm
    • August 9 - 10:00 am
    • August 18 - 3:00 pm
    • August 30 - 10:00 am
  • For more information or register for these sessions, please contact Economic Development Workforce Development Officer
 How to Register
  1. Review the above I’m an Employer section and browse the AdvancEd Job Skills Training Guide.
  2. Sign-up for a virtual meeting, by completing the Employer Contact Form.
  3. After your virtual meeting with SAO staff, you will be sent the provincial registration forms for the program if you're eligible.

Employer Contact Form

 Provincial Registration Forms

Note: The provincial registration forms are available for reference below, but should not be completed until a virtual meeting with SAO is complete. Once you have participated in an Information Session, spoken to a Job Developer and been accepted into the program, these are the forms you may need. You may need to download download in order to view the documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out program information?
Review this website and if you need more information, complete the contact information form.
What is the cost of the training?
There is no cost to training, this is a tuition-free training program that is fully funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development through SkillsAdvance Ontario.
I am on Ontario Works or on other government supports. Can I apply for this program?
Yes – you are able to take this training program. You will still be able to access our government supports.
I don’t have money for equipment and other tools needed for a job. Can I have help paying for some of these things?
Yes – you can apply to have financial support to help pay for some of the costs of equipment and other financial needs. The Job Developer will work with you to apply for financial support.
What type of training can I take?
Both Job Seekers and Incumbent Workers will get access to essential skills (for example: communication, conflict resolution, supervisory training, computer skills and literacy etc) and technical skills training (for example: tool training, equipment awareness, working at heights, confined space entry and rescue, animal and livestock awareness). The training is sector specific and will be directly related to one of the following sectors: Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture.
I don’t know which sector I want to work in. Do I need to know before applying?
If you are not sure, you can still apply. Our Job Developer’s will work with you to see what type of job is a good fit and they will make sure that it is the right sector for you.
Is there a lot of paperwork?
To register as a Job Seeker applicant, Incumbent Worker applicant or to become an Employer partner, start by completing the Contact Request form at the end of the webpage. Upon enrolment into the SAO, there is some paperwork to register for the SkillsAdvance Ontario program. Depending on the stream and training there will be 1 -2 other forms to complete. The SAO team is here to support you and we can complete the paperwork with participants and employers to support you and make it a faster registration process.
Can anyone take this program or are there eligibility requirements?
The training is open to those 18 years or older, and live in or around the Kawartha Lakes. Take a look above at the “AdvancEd Job Skills Training Information” section. It provides some guidelines for eligibility for Job Seekers, Incumbent Workers and Employers. We also offer Virtual Information Meetings where you can learn more and ask questions to the AdvancEd team. Complete forms for more information or see Contact Information below to speak to us now. 
How long is the program?
It depends on which training you take. If you are a job seeker the training is six-weeks long and includes a two-week job trial. If you are an incumbent worker the training will depend on the specific course you take. It can range from a half-day to multiple days. Take a look above at the “AdvancEd Job Skills Training Information” section for details and register to participate in a Virtual Information Session.

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