Conestoga news

December 4, 2013 9:58 AM

New programs provide free training and work experience for youth

Conestoga, in cooperation with the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and Employment Ontario providers, will offer two new skills training programs for youth beginning in January 2014.

Low-Voltage Cabling Fundamentals is a 12-week program designed to prepare participants for entry-level technician positions in cable TV and telephone installation and repair, and other telecommunications areas.

Production GMAW Welder Training includes 195 hours of classroom and practical instruction that will give participants the skills and knowledge to obtain employment as production welders in a manufacturing environment.

Both programs include classroom and practical instruction as well as a four-month paid work placement with area employers to support unemployed or underemployed individuals under 30 in their efforts to start successful careers.

Free tuition and a living allowance will be provided for eligible applicants. These programs are funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and the Government of Ontario’s Youth Employment.

Interested applicants must attend an upcoming information session:

Thursday, December 5 - 10:00 a.m. ATS Building - Conestoga College (Doon Campus), 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener

Tuesday December 10 - 10:00 a.m. Second Chance Employment Counselling, 177 Norfolk St., Guelph

Thursday December 12 - 1:30 p.m. Room 1D02 - Conestoga College Waterloo Campus, 108 University Ave. East, Waterloo

For more information, visit or contact John Srigley at 519.622.7061 or