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Try A Trade and discover your future!

The new


Try A Trade

program  includes:

• Free 7-week multi-discipline training program

• 8-week paid workplace placement

• Support to find in-demand skilled trades jobs & register as an apprentice!


You must live in one of the following areas to be eligible: Brantford, Brant, Norfolk, Haldimand, Six Nations, The Credit, Hamilton, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo & Oxford


Try A Trade provides students with an introduction to the world of mechatronics including machining, electrical and fabrication trades. Partnering with Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) and the CWB Welding Foundation, the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie (WPBGE) will offer 4 classes of 12 people each in Brantford, Ontario.

The program will focus on serving women, Indigenous People, Youth, Marginalized Youth and Recent Immigrants/Newcomers.  Successful completion of the program will earn participants many certifications including: Horizontal MIG CSA 47.1 FW Classification welding qualification, Certificate of Completion micro-credential, forklift license, Standard First Aid with CPR-C, Working at Heights, Health and Safety and more! 


The program will also include a paid 8-week workplace placement with the potential to lead to employment and apprenticeship. 

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• Free training

• Training stipend

• Skills upgrading

• Paid 8-week work placement

• Job search assistance 

• Apprenticeship connections

• Graduate with multiple certifications

• Support from dedicated staff and                      instructors

Advanced Occupations

Program Details

7 Weeks Training

• Health & safety

• Introduction to welding, fabrication, layout & design

• AutoCAD, G-Code, 3D printing & CNC routing

• Practical machining skills

• Basics of metallurgy

• Introduction to electronics & robotics

• Standard First Aid with CPR-C

• Forklift License

• Working at Heights

• Literacy & basic skills upgrading

• Workshops on resume writing, interview skills, mental health, workplace culture, financial literacy and more!

8 Weeks Placement

• Paid placement

• Required placement starts after training is complete (dates can vary)

• Full-time, up to 40 hours per week

• Wages range

• Staff will assist you in finding a placement 

• Placements could lead to employment and/or apprenticeship and better quality of life

• Placement/Job positions vary, see potential careers for more info

• All students must complete a placement

After the Training & Placement

Skills2Advance will support you in:

Finding employment in the skilled trades

Registering as an apprentice

Pursuing further training & education

Training Dates

All training is at Six Nations Polytechnic Campus, 411 Elgin St, Brantford.

Cohort 3

September 23 – November 8, 2024

+ 8 week placement

Cohort 4

November 4 – December 20, 2024

+ 8 week placement

*All dates are subject to change.

Program Details


• Certificate Of Completion 
Horizontal MIG CSA 47.1 FW Classification welding qualification

• Forklift License
• Working at Heights 

• Workplace Health and Safety

• Literacy & Basic Skills Certificate
• Psychological First Aid

• Standard First Aid with CPR-C

Who’s Eligible

• 16+ years old

(If you are 16 or 17 years old you must have a high school diploma or equivalent )

• High School Diploma or equivalent preferred. Exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis

• Legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Refugee)

• Has reliable transportation to attend training locations on specified dates

• Lives in one of the following areas: Brantford, Brant, Norfolk, Haldimand, Six Nations, The Credit, Hamilton, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo & Oxford

• Must be ready to work full-time in the skilled trades

• Self-identify as either a youth (age 16-29), female, newcomer/immigrant or Indigenous

• Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Able to crouch, kneel, stoop, bend
• Manual dexterity ability

• Comfortable with basic computer                 functionality

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Industrial Worker


Contact us to discuss if our programs are right for you


Complete the easy sign up process


Take and finish training, earn certifications


Get the job you want! 

“This was a very good program if you are on the fence with what direction you want to go in the trades especially if it relates to welding. You will get a good sense if this is something you want to pursue or not very quickly. The staff and instructors were very supportive in my needs and how the training was delivered. I highly recommend.

- Participant

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Potential Careers

• Welder

• Machinist

• CNC Machinist

• Industrial Mechanic Millwright

• Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

• Mechatronics

• Ironworker

• Sheet Metal Worker

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