Training programs in various occupations
Listed below are various training programs offered in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Some of these programs include formal training in an academic environment, while others provide less formal training. These programs do not include a work experience component. The level of English proficiency required to enroll in one of these programs is also indicated.
See also: Bridge programs in various sectors, for apprenticeships in skilled trades and other programs which include work experience.
And see: Employment-related language training for sector- and occupation-specific, English language training.
CLB 5 required
- YMCA Toronto – Basic Culinary Skills
- 18-week program for people who receive social assistance. When you join our Hospitality Training Program, you will:
- Complete 96 hours of classroom training where you will learn how to build a team and basic First Aid. When you complete this course, you will receive your Communication Food Handlers Certification.
- Complete 375 hours of hands-on kitchen training where you will learn:
- Vegetable cutting
- Baking, and cooking techniques
- Attend food lab demonstrations to learn how to:
- Make soup and stock
- Cook meat and fish
- Prepare salads and dressing
- Prepare pies and cakes
Miscellaneous training courses
CLB 3 to 5 required
- SYRIAN NEWCOMER PROJECT
- A variety of subsidized, very short duration (1 to 5 day) programs.
- Supporting licensing and certification requirements of Syrian Newcomers (within 12 months of arrival in Canada)
- Customer Service
- Cash Register Training
- First Aid CPR Training
- Security Guard Training
- Food Handling
- Accounting Essentials
- IT Security – CISSP Certificate Preparation
- Sage 300 ERP (ACCPAC)
- Canadian Securities Course® Preparation
- Payroll Accounting Training
- Payroll Accounting Training with Quickbooks
- Working at Heights Training
- WHIMIS Trade Equivalency Assessment Fee
- Driver’s License/Lessons
- Hairstylist Training
- Home-based Childcare
- Interpreter Training
People on Ontario Works in Ontario may qualify to take a skill training or employment program to learn new skills, explore careers, prepare for employment or learn about self-employment. Note, however, that refugee newcomers may only qualify for Ontario Works, as being in “financial need”, once they reach “Month 13” and are no longer receiving financial assistance from the federal government, under the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), or from private sponsors.
In the City of Toronto, Ontario Works training programs are coordinated through Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS).
Employment programs and skill training courses offered through Ontario Works fall within four categories. The training programs are delivered through a range of third party organizations.
- Employment Essentials programs help prepare for employment.
- Occupation-Specific Skill Training include job-specific skill training.
- Sector-Focused Career Development programs explore careers and offer essential skills development.
- Self-Employment Development programs develop knowledge to run your own business.