Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Training (START)

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Wondering about a career in Advanced Manufacturing?

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.

Apply now for our FREE Introduction to Manufacturing program

Travel to Stoney Creek Campus and field trips provided. Childcare support available.

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


  • Earn multiple health and safety certifications
  • Check back soon for more!

Where you could work

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

Course Details

Student Eligibility: 

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


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

Dates: Monday to Friday, June 24 to September 13

Morning session: 9 am to 12 pm
Afternoon session: 1 pm to 4 pm 


Stoney Creek Campus (481 Barton Street)

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 2 to September 20

Morning session: 9 am to 12 pm
Afternoon session: 1 pm to 4 pm

Apply online

Attend an Information Session

Want to learn more? Attend an information session held in Caledonia or Hamilton. See below for details:


Haldimand County Library
100 Haddington Street, Caledonia

  • Friday, May 3: 2 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 16: 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, May 21: 6 pm to 7:30 pm


City School Mobile Classroom
182 Rebecca Street, Hamilton

  • Wednesday, May 1: 9:30 am to 11 am
  • Friday, May 17: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Red Hill Library
695 Queenston Rd, Hamilton

  • Wednesday, May 22: 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Register online


Phone: 905-575-2730

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