The Pathway Program

A free program for women and anyone identifying as a woman, two spirit, nonbinary or other non-cis gendered persons with a welcoming focus on Indigenous and racialized and newcomer workers.

15 WEEKS SKILLS TRAINING

Foundational skills assessment, success planning, electrical theory and trade skills training for job placement readiness. This training is offered at the IBEW 353 Training Centre at 1001 Ritson Road South in Oshawa Ontario.

10 WEEKS JOB PLACEMENT

Pre apprentice job site employment. These job placements may be anywhere in the GTA.

SUPPORT THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND BEYOND

Health and safety training, hand tools, and ongoing mentoring support provided.

SKILLS TRAINING DETAILS

15 weeks

  • Foundational skills gaps assessments (Reading, Document Use, Numeracy) will help The Pathway instructors design individual program components to boost success for each participant.
  • Participants will be provided with required health & safety training, including Worker Health & Safety in 4 Steps, WHMIS and Working at Heights.
  • Other beneficial training may be provided to ensure safe work practices.
  • Participants will learn introductory electrical trade theory, including DC circuits, electricity and magnetism, the Ontario Electrical Code, and Prints & Drawings.
  • Practical hands on shop training will include electrical safety tool box talks, pipe bending, conduit installation, wire pulling, circuit building, and device installation.

These courses will bring participants’ skill to workplace readiness levels which will help their success on the job, as well as in first term trade school later on in their anticipated apprenticeship.

JOB PLACEMENT DETAILS

10 weeks

  • Job placement with employers arranged by The Pathway.
  • After the 25 weeks of the program are successfully completed, participants will be better prepared to successfully apply for IBEW 353 electrical apprenticeship, pending individual qualifications.
  • Participants may apply to become IBEW 353 electrical apprentices through employer sponsorship or through direct application to the Electrical Apprentice Training Alliance (EATA).

SUPPORT DETAILS

Support provided through the program and beyond

While success cannot be guaranteed, the program is designed to support participants with introductory electrical trade related skills to optimize their chances at success when seeking sponsorship from an employer, or applying for electrical apprenticeship through the EATA. It is expected that most participants who complete the 25 week program will be sponsored by an employer.

  • Participants will receive ongoing support from Mentors and Instructors who have been trained in Mentorship Matters, Equity Diversity Decolonization Inclusion (EDDI) , Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training.
  • Primary Mentors and Instructors will provide mentoring, tutoring, and guidance support while monitoring the progress of program participants through the 15 weeks of training to ensure that participants meet milestone successes.
  • Job site mentors will provide further support during the 10 week job placement.
  • Participants will also receive Mentorship Matters, MHFA training.
  • Participants may choose to stay connected and receive ongoing support beyond the 25 weeks of the program.

Through the program and beyond, the Pathway staff, instructors, and mentors will help participants’ find solutions for overcoming barriers to success.

THE PATHWAY INTAKES FOR 2022

1ST INTAKE

Applications for the first cohort are no longer being accepted.

May 16, 2022 start 15 weeks skills training
Aug 29, 2022 start 10 weeks job placement

2ND INTAKE

Applications for the second cohort are no longer being accepted.

Aug 22, 2022 start 15 weeks skills training
Dec 5, 2022 start 10 weeks job placement

3RD INTAKE

Apply by October 14, 2022 for:

Dec 12, 2022 start 15 weeks skills training
Mar 27, 2023 start 10 weeks job placement