The Skill Training Advancement for Refugees (STAR) Project provides employment supports by covering costs for training and certification/licensing requirements in order to find an occupation in Ontario. This project helps refugees and vulnerable newcomers who have low education, low level of English language skills and newcomers with a disability.

Early childhood care training is part of the STAR Project. This is a one year, pilot project, scheduled to run until March 2019, or until such time as all available positions have been taken, whichever is the first to occur. The program is provided by Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) and Archbishop Anthony Meagher Catholic Continuing Education Centre.

This training program involves 9 weeks of in-class training, followed by 9 weeks of co-op job placement. It provides an opportunity to learn about the theories and stages of child development, child care legislation, and child care programming.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive the following certificates:

  • Child care assistant
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Safe food handling
  • Infection prevention and control

Tuition and cost of materials are free. A deposit of $150 will be refunded, upon completion of the program.

Eligible Clients

The following individuals are eligible for services delivered through the Project:

  • Protected persons, including:
    • Resettled refugees (government-assisted refugees, privately sponsored refugees and blended visa office referred cases)
    • Refugees landed in Canada
    • Those determined to be:
      • Convention Refugees
      • Persons in need of protection (for example, due to the risk of torture)
  • Refugee claimants, including those awaiting the outcome of an appeal
  • Other vulnerable newcomers with vulnerabilities such as high health or mental health needs, mobility and other disabilities, and low education and official language fluency