Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Training (START)

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Free program. Apply today.

This FREE, 12-week, hands-on program provides the opportunity to explore and develop the skills needed to pursue entry-level careers in Advanced Manufacturing and related sectors. This program is offered in Caledonia and Hamilton.


How to apply

Fill out the online application form. Call 905-575-2730 if you have any questions.


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This program offers:

  • Practical skills in subjects such as:
    • Tool use
    • Pneumatic systems
    • Process control
    • Welding
  • Insight into careers in Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Advanced manufacturing sectors, processes and technologies 
  • Workplace culture and safety 
  • Continuous improvement mindset 
  • Development of essential employability skills
  • Networking opportunities with local employers at our concluding Job Fair


  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Working at Heights
  • Forklift training (certificates must be provided by employers)
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Student eligibility

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Not currently in high school, college, university, or apprenticeship training
  • High school completion not required

Where you could work

  • Advanced manufacturing sectors: steel, automotive, plastics 
  • Industrial automation 
  • Food/Chemical processing

Course details

Get started on your journey towards a career in Advanced Manufacturing with our START program! Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Training is on the move in our mobile classroom. Travel to Stoney Creek Campus and field trips provided. Childcare support available.

Programming runs from 9 am to 3 pm. Morning participation is required with the option to participate in a college credit in the afternoons.


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In Mobile Classroom at Haldimand County Community Centre parking lot (100 Haddington Street)

Dates: Monday to Friday, June 27 to September 18

Morning session: 9 am to 12 pm
Afternoon session (optional): 1 pm to 3 pm 

Afternoon credit: Mechanical Maintenance



Stoney Creek Campus (481 Barton Street)
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 4 to September 19

Morning session: 9 am to 12 pm
Afternoon session (optional): 1 pm to 3 pm

Afternoon credit: Introductory Pneumatics




Phone: 905-575-2730

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This project is funded by the government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program