Learn and trade and get paid

Learn about trades as you get paid | Get In Gear

Free for successful applicants – with paid training and paid work placements!


  • Get In Gear has been described by participants as ‘life changing’.
  • This free 10-week career and trades exploration program helps you find the path that is right for you, and the bonus is you get paid during your training period.
  • The first 8 weeks of the paid training program are divided between developing life and employability skills (job search skills and aptitude assessments) while the rest of the time you will spend time on practical learning through hands on-training in three skilled trades: construction, manufacturing, and electrical.
  • The remaining 2 weeks are spent in paid work placements to allow you to gain experience with a local employer.
  • Participants receive First Aid, CPR, WHMIS, and Customer Service Certification upon completion of the program.
  • Get in Gear runs out of our Burlington, Ontario location.
  • We strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply as the Centre for Skills Development strives to create a diverse environment in which provides equal opportunity that prohibits any form of discrimination.

This program is for you if:

  • You like to work with your hands
  • You want assistance in determining your career path
  • You want to improve or gain soft skills to get a job and keep it
  • You are a hands-on learner (and know that a desk job is not for you)
  • You want to ‘try a trade’ as a way to determine your future
  • You want employment assistance upon graduation

To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be between 17-30 years old
  • Not be in full-time work, school or training
  • Be in need of assistance in finding and keeping work
  • Commit to the entire duration of the program

Typical weekly in-class schedule

Monday to Friday:

  • 8:30am to 11:30am - In Shop
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm - Lunch Break
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm  - Employability Skills Workshops

We are now accepting applications for 2023

New Get in Gear session start date is to be determined. 


Need more information?

Review our frequently asked questions. For more information contact us at or 905.333.3499 x 315 or complete the form below:

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