After holding two programs to teach the skills needed in the job market, the Director of Bancroft Campus and Employment Ontario programs for Loyalist College Warren Gee says they were a success.
Recently the college ran the Healthcare Skills Advance Ontario project and Construction Career Launch, training personal support workers and construction workers. Gee says both these programs were well received and were good examples of how quickly the college could train workers in job-specific skills.
Gee says the programs are a result of the college listening to employers, many of whom wanted positions filled as quickly as possible. While the programs were no substitute for diplomas or degrees, they were able to create opportunities for both people to learn these skills and employers to help fill the need for them. Gee says there is still a need for these skills in the labour market, and they plan to continue training the people of Bancroft to help them gain employment.
The construction program is wrapping up in the next couple of days, and as part of the hands-on training, the students are building sheds. Gee says once the sheds are completed, they will donate them to local organizations to do what they want with them. The college is also recruiting for a fresh round of the construction program, starting April 4th. If you are interested in signing up or are a local organization looking for a shed, email firstname.lastname@example.org