Update Your Skills
Boost Your Career

Skills2Advance Welding offers free training to help you get employed
as a welder.

Get the skills you need

Get the job you want


Skills2Advance Welding

Skills2Advance Welding provides tuition-free welding skills training.


Learn basic welding techniques using a proven training model from the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Welding Foundation. The Foundation has operated successful programs called Women of Steel and Mind Over Metal across Canada for years, helping hundreds of people start new careers in the skilled trades.


Skills2Advance Welding is a partnership between the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, the CWB Welding Foundation and four community colleges that will deliver the training: Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), Conestoga College, Fanshawe College and Mohawk College.


Training is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.


Graduates of Skills2Advance Welding receive a welding certification from CWB that is recognized by employers. We work with companies and employment agencies to help find graduates jobs.

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week FREE
HANDS-ON welding training

week additional job related training


See which one of our two programs is right for you

Both programs offer similar training but Women of Steel was created as an opportunity for women to learn welding alongside other women. Mind Over Metal is open to everyone 16 years of age and over.



• Free training

• Support with transportation, work                     supplies, food costs, health & wellness,         and other needs

• Skills upgrading

• Job search assistance after program             completion

• Apprenticeship connections

• Graduate with multiple certifications

• Support from dedicated staff and                      instructors

Welders are in demand and there are many advanced welding opportunities to consider once you are a qualified welder!

Advanced Welding Occupations to Strive for:


Program Details

Part 1:
30 Hours

• Introduction to welding
• Health & safety
• Practical welding training
• Welding simulators
• Hands-on live welding
• Daily welding projects

• Reading welding blueprints

• Preparing for & taking certification              exam

Part 2:

30 Hours

• CPR & First Aid
• Forklift training
• Fall Arrest
• Workplace communication
• Teamwork

• Psychological first aid
• Career guidance

• Workshops on employment standards,     healthy living, mental health, COVID-19



• Certificate Of Completion 
• Fillet Weld Qualification per CSA W47.1
• Forklift License
• Fall Arrest 

• Workplace Health and Safety

• Soft Skills Training Certificate
• Psychological First Aid

• Emergency First Aid with CPR

Who’s Eligible

• 16+ years old
• Legally entitled to work in Canada

• Able to attend training locations on             specified dates*

• High school completion is not a                       requirement to register for the                         Skills2Advance Welding programs

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

• Comfortable with basic computer                 functionality

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

• Looking to begin a career in welding


Currently working in a related job and interested in skills upgrading

* Transportation assistance will be               offered to participants on an as       needed basis


Training Dates

We have had a lot of interest in the Skills2Advance training and have a limited number of spots to offer. Please know that registration is not guaranteed until you have gone through the registration process and have received a confirmation of enrollment. You will be put on a waitlist.

Six Nations Polytechnic (Brantford)


Women of Steel - Join the Waitlist!

Orientation Day: Friday, February 3, 2023, 9 am – 12 pm
Week 1: Monday, February 6, 2023 – Friday, February 10, 2023, 9 am – 4 pm
Week 2: Monday, February 13, 2023 – Friday, February 17, 2023, 8/9 am – 4/5 pm


Contact us for more details.

Mohawk College - City School By Mohawk (Hamilton)


Currently, we are no longer taking applicants for Mohawk College classes.

Conestoga College (Cambridge)

Women of Steel - Join the Waitlist!

Orientation Day: Friday, February 24, 2023, 9 am – 12 pm
Week 1: Monday, February 27, 2023 – Friday, March 3, 2023, 9 am – 4 pm 
Week 2: Monday, March 6, 2023 – Friday, March 10, 2023, 9 am – 4/5 pm


Contact us for more details.

Fanshawe College (Simcoe)


Women of Steel - Join the Waitlist!

Orientation Day: Friday, December 16, 2022, 9 am – 12 pm
Week 1: Monday, December 19, 2022 – Friday, December 23, 2022, 9 am – 4 pm
Week 2: Monday, January 2, 2023 – Friday, January 6, 2023, 9 am – 4/5 pm 

Contact us for more details.

*Times and dates are subject to change.

Currently, we are no longer taking applicants for Mind Over Metal classes. Check out the Women of Steel dates if you are eligible. 

Class dates for future Mind Over Metal classes are unknown and we cannot guarantee there will be more offered. Join the contact list to be contacted if new dates are scheduled.


Join the Waitlist



Skills2Advance provided me with important training that is very important and helpful for employment in the welding industry. This course was amazing and I loved it!

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