About Us

Helping people at all stages of life get on a path to career success.

Overview | About Us

Comprised of multiple centres, our organization is a financially independent, not-for-profit affiliate of the Halton District School Board. Our Centres deliver free government-funded programs and fee-based programs to help people at various stages of life (youth, job seekers, second career seekers and newcomers to Canada) get on a path to career success.

Services include one-on-one job coaching, workshops, settlement services, ESL classes and funded and fee-based pre-apprenticeship skilled trades programs. Our Centres also collaborate closely with employers, providing free professional recruitment with access to pre-screened candidates, financial wage and training incentives and customized skilled trades training. Partnering with Gary Allan High School (GAHS), we provide adult and continuing education services and credit-based programs.

Collectively, our Centres serve over 25,000 people annually in the Halton Region and Mississauga.

Our services have been recognized as important assets to communities. In recent years, we have been honoured to receive several Readers Choice Awards from the Burlington Post, including our two most recent diamond awards in 2018, Best Adult Education and Best Learning Centre.


 

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Vision

Sustainable and meaningful employment for everyone.

 

Mission

Centre for Skills Development sites are committed to providing our clients with inspiration and skills development by:

  • Offering equitable access to integrated, responsive programs and services that prepare clients for the current and emerging needs within the labour market
  • Building strategic partnerships with employers, funders and the community to support our clients' employment journey;
  • Ensuring our team is resourced and supported in serving our clients.
 

Values

  • We treat everyone with RESPECT.
  • We are authentic and operate with EMPATHY.
  • We are honest and act with INTEGRITY.
  • We act COURAGEOUSLY to do the right thing.
  • We are INSPIRING and FORWARD-THINKING.

 

Our History

Halton District School Board opens night school leisure classes. 1970
Self-Reliant Learning Program beings and registers 140 students in the first year. 1983
Head office opens at Singleton Education Centre in Burlington. 1987
  • Adult Counselling office opens at General Brock High School.
  • Self-Reliant Learning program grows.
  • Teen Mother Education program offered.
  • Office & program locations expand across Halton.
1989-1990
  • Lockhart Education Centre opens and Burlington becomes head office for Continuing Education.
  • First government-funded program established: Basic Skills in the Workplace (Jobs Ontario).
  • First Skilled Trades program established: Building Maintenance Management program.
1990
  • Marketing Coordinator hired and the first course calendar is created.
  • Programs continue to grow; entrepreneurial business grows.
  • LINC funding for ESL programs begins.
  • Adult Computer Training Centre in Burlington opens in the first professional storefront settingfor adult education.
  • Technology and adult educational programs expand.
  • Development of personal interest programs.
  • Instructor program developed and delivered to personal interest subject experts marking the beginning of the Adult Education Certificate program.
  • First partnership program with Halton Region developed: Jobs Ontario/Milton ACT Centre opened with HRDC funding for the Career Explorations of the '90s program.
1990-1993
  • Career Action Centre opens in Oakville with HRDC funding.
  • Career Explorations program begins; Career Services Department is created.
  • Job Opportunities for Youth (JOY), Employment Counselling & Assessments, and Job Shop programs begin.
  • Adult High School thrives with 2,000 students and 56 staff.
  • Additional project funding becomes available.
1994-1996
  • Ministry of Education implements policy and funding changes.
1996
  • New name: Halton Adult Education.
  • Growth prompts interest in moving Burlington site and Career Action Centre into one facility.
  • Board facility required; Halton Adult Education to move into the back of Lord Elgin High School.
1997
  • Decision made to formalize a split between the Adult High School and growing “Projects Branch.”
  • The Centre for Skills Development & Training becomes a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Halton District School Board under the new legal name of “Fast Track Community Centre for Skills Development and Training.”
  • New operating guidelines; Board of Directors and Chief Administrative Officer roles are created.
1998
  • Satellite sites open in Oakville, Milton and Georgetown.
  • The Centre continues to grow, prompting need for a new location.
1998-1999
  • Centre headquarters relocates to 860 Harrington Court, Burlington on July 1, 2003.
  • The Bay Area Learning Centre (BALC) at 860 Harrington Court opens as a partnership centre with over twelve complementary organizations and programs under one roof.
2003
  • Our Centres implement a new strategic plan focusing on Impact, Infrastructure, Income and Image.
  • Our Centres serve over 13,000 clients.
2004
  • Three new employment resource centres open in Oakville, Milton and Georgetown.
  • Our Centres assist over 24,000 clients.
  • New Mississauga site opens to offer Career Explorations program.
2005
  • A site opens in Milton to offer a new "Career Possibilities for Newcomers" program.
  • The Corporate Services department grows to offer outplacement, facility rentals, corporate training and other HR services to local businesses.
  • New programs and services for newcomers add to ESL and LINC language training.
  • The pre-apprenticeship programs take off, including company-sponsored and industry partnership programs.
  • Our Centres assist over 38,000 clients.
2006
  • First annual Skilled Trades Graduation honours 160 Centre students.
  • New manufacturing scholarship is established/awarded by Centre Board of Directors to honour former school trustee, Ethel Gardiner; the first scholarship awarded to Halton District School Board graduates entering Centre Pre-Apprenticeship program in Manufacturing.
  • New Oakville newcomer site (Abbeywood) opens.
  • Our Centres assist over 40,500 clients.
2007
Our Centres are awarded contracts from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to offer Employment Ontario employment services in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Clarkson with weekly itinerant services in Acton. 2010
  • Funding is provided by the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy & Essential Skills to create learning resources for youth to improve their problem-solving, teamwork, and oral communication skills.
  • Funding is provided by MTCU to offer a new Millwright/Electrical hybrid skilled trades training program.
  • Awarded the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in the Service category.
2011
  • Our Centres partner with Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network on an MTCU-funded project called "You Thought Right: Making ES Work for Youth."
2013
  • Burlington Employment Services, Burlington ESL and Immigrant Services, and Corporate Administration departments relocate to 3350 South Service Road, Burlington. 
2016

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