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Why Study at the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies?

The skilled trades is a growing industry, with an expected growth of 300,000 available jobs by 2020 as the Baby Boomer generation retires and leaves the workforce. This labour gap is presenting a serious opportunity for work in the trades. As the industry grows, trades workers will need to equip themselves with the very highest quality training to ensure they are in the best position to grow their career. This is where the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academy can help.

Who are the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies?

The Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies are a registered Private Career College offering training courses to provide students with the education they need to become G3 and G2 certified gas technicians. Our mission at the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies are to work with commitment and passion to propel the success of our students in the HVAC and Gas Technicians industries in Ontario through a combination of classroom and hands-on learning opportunities. We are a committed team of professionals who are actively engaged in the classroom experience.

Students of the Skilled Trades Academies get a comprehensive education through practical learning combined with classroom learning and careful attention to their progress as they complete their G3 and G2 certifications. We are dedicated to student success, both in the classroom and after graduation. The Skilled Trades Academies offer training at two separate campuses: our Oakville campus and our St. Catharines campus. Both schools are centrally located in rapidly growing regions, and our schools have a number of connections within the community and also the HVAC and Gas Technicians industries. We use these connections to help our students find employment in the regions they have studied in after successfully achieving their gas technician license in Ontario.

Our team of experts.

Our faculty is made up of a talented team of educators and administrators who have completed the training and understand the fundamentals of working in the skilled trades field. When you study at the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies you are gaining the expertise of experienced skilled trades professionals.

Brad Dixon Admissions at The Niagara & Halton Skilled Trades Academy

Brad Dixon

Administrator and Recruitment

Chris Stankowski Instructor at Niagara & Halton Skilled Trades Academy

Chris Stankowski

Instructor

John Spridzans Instructor at Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academy

John Spridzans

Instructor

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Studying at The Halton Skilled Trades Academy Campus

The Halton Skilled Trades Academy campus is located in Oakville, Ontario. Our school is just moments away from both the QEW and Go Transit stations, making this location ideal for commuters coming from out of town. The GO trains run regularly during the day and during the evening, a great option for students enrolled in both our full-time day courses and our evening and weekend part-time courses.

The Halton Skilled Trades Academy is the perfect location for students looking to begin working in the skilled trades in or around the Greater Toronto Area. Our faculty has been located in Halton for several years, and we have spent that time creating connections with skilled trades companies to help our graduates find work. We have also seen a number of graduates successfully complete their gas technician training at the Halton Skilled Trades Academy and move on to start their own companies within the GTA.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, the GTA is a great place to begin your gas technician or HVAC company. The GTA is home to 6.4 million people, all with homes or businesses that will require the services of a gas technician or HVAC technician. If beginning your own company isn’t your calling, there is a significant opportunity for work in the largest region in Ontario!

Studying at The Niagara Skilled Trades Academy Campus

Located moments away from the QEW, the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy campus is centrally positioned for students within the Niagara Region or outside the region. The Niagara campus sits in the heart of the Niagara Region in St. Catharines, Ontario. The school is located just a short drive from a number of cities, such as:

  • 10 minutes from Thorold
  • 15 minutes from Niagara Falls
  • 20 minutes from Welland
  • 20 minutes from Grimsby
  • 29 minutes from Fort Erie
  • 42 minutes from Hamilton

Being located so centrally has its benefits. Licensed gas technicians in Niagara are able to service a number of surrounding cities, finding no shortage of work. In fact, as the Niagara Region is rapidly growing, the opportunity for work is only expected to grow. This is an ideal place to work for someone who is looking to grow their career or begin their own business. By studying at the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy, you will have access to the community and industry connections that our team of instructors and administrators have built.

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The Niagara & Halton Skilled Trades Academies are registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Private Career Colleges offer an alternative education to what is provided through public Universities and Colleges. A Private Career College is a privately owned college that by law must be registered and must have their programs approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges. These schools offer specialized programs through which students earn certificates or diplomas. Private Career College programs range from business, health sector, and the skilled trades. Private Career College is ideal for students who require highly specific and specialized skills in order to join the workforce or students who have already completed academic qualifications and wish to enhance their practical skills prior to entering the workforce. Compared to public Universities and Colleges, Private Career College programs are significantly shorter. For the skilled trades specifically, training in a traditional trade school in Ontario can take up to 3 years to complete. At the Skilled Trades Academies, students can complete their training with both G3 and G2 certifications in just 17 weeks, entering the workforce as qualified gas technicians. Most College and University programs require extra courses and research in addition to the training needed to become a gas technician. At the Skilled Trades Academy, our focus is on hands-on student training, delivering the required knowledge to be successful on the job.

Private Career Colleges see 11% higher graduation rate than public Universities and Colleges.

On average, Universities and Colleges have a graduation rate of 66.7%. Registered Private Career Colleges see a 77.2% graduation rate, an 11% difference. This difference in graduation rate is likely due to a number of factors, such as class sizes and course length. Many students are more engaged and successful in environments that allow them hands-on training and are less likely to leave the class with a shorter timeline to completion. After graduation, the difference in employment rates between Universities and Colleges and registered Private Career Colleges is minimal. Public Universities and Colleges report an average of 55.6% of their graduated students finding employment in their field after six months, and regulated career colleges report an average of 55% of their graduates working in their field after six months. While it is important to note that these stats do vary based on the schools you are looking at, there is one clear takeaway: you are not overlooking an opportunity by choosing a Private Career College, such as the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies.

Hands-on learning complete in just 17 weeks!

Public Universities and College training programs can take up to three years to complete. With the full-time programs offered at the Skilled Trades Academies, you can be completely G2 certified in just 17 short weeks. This short timeline is a result of the immersive and comprehensive, hands-on method of training. Students spend time in the classroom, and also spends a significant amount of time in the lab, learning and understanding the practical skills required to be successful in the workforce. This method of training gets students out of the classroom and into the field working faster. Graduates of such comprehensive programs are better equipped to take on the workforce, and we have seen a number of our graduates advance quickly in their career thanks to their expertise in their field.

Why study at the Skilled Trades Academy?

Evening and weekend classes to make gas technician training fit with the busiest schedule.

We understand that for some students, a full-time daily class schedule simply is not realistic. This is why at the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies, we offer part-time format courses for our G3 and G2 training courses. Our part-time classes run for two evenings and one Saturday per week. These courses are offered at both of our campuses. Our part-time classes are no less immersive or hands-on than our full-time course content. In just 8 months time, students can be completely G2 certified and enter into the workforce. This part-time format makes training for a second career manageable. Students are able to continue to work a full-time job while studying part-time. The classes also run only a few nights per week, making it easier to reintegrate going back to school into your life. Having time off between classes eases the burden of returning to school and makes it less likely students will burn themselves out.

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We are committed to student success.

At the Skilled Trades Academies, our students are our priority. Our team of educators and administrators has spent years forging community connections to offer a range of services to our students that will help them succeed. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide students with the resources they need to begin their training and guide them as they complete their training in the next steps of their career.

Tuition Funding Assistance

At the Skilled Trades Academies, we have a number of connections in the community that offer funding opportunities for students. Our team also has an extensive knowledge of available sponsorships, grants, or bursaries available to those looking to get skilled trades training. We are more than happy to discuss tuition financing assistance, and help students wherever possible.

In order to help students who require assistance for funding their training, we also offer a free downloadable e-book, Financing Your Future: Assistance for Skilled Trades Education. This helpful guide outlines a number of funding opportunities for students, such as Second Career Funding, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, First Nations Funding Options, and more. To download the guide or learn more, click below.

Career Counselling

Gas fitting if often referred to as a gateway trade – many people who complete their gas technician training move on to continue their education. At the Skilled Trades Academies, we have seen graduates continue their education and gain apprenticeships as HVAC mechanics, pipefitters, plumbers, general construction, and more. If you are unsure in where you want your career to go after you have achieved your G3 and G2 certification, our team at the Skilled Trades Academies can work with you to help make your ideal career path clear.

If you would like to get an idea of where your career could before beginning your gas technician training, we offer a free downloadable Career Guide ebook. The ebook is a great resource for students to understand what career options are out there for gas technicians. Click below to download the guide.

Job Placement Assistance

Our commitment to student success extends beyond the classroom. At the Skilled Trades Academies, we do our best to ensure that our graduates find employment when they complete their gas technician training program. Our faculty and administration have spent years creating partnerships with local companies who are eager to hire Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academy graduates.

At each campus, we also have a job board with open job postings that are updated regularly.

If you are interested in learning more about how we help students find employment after graduation, get in touch with us! A member of our team will be happy to talk with you about our commitment to students success. Click below to contact our team.

Education that leads to employment.

Graduates from the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies leave fully equipped with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. We have seen graduates of the Skilled Trades Academy grow quickly within organizations, and even begin their own companies. Whether it is a business owned by Skilled Trades Academy alumni or a company that has had great experiences with hiring our graduates, we have a number of connections to companies who are eager to welcome new grads into their team. The gas technician training you receive at our schools is education that leads directly to employment, especially with the demand for trades workers only growing. You don’t just join a school or even just the workforce of gas technicians – you are joining a community made up of graduates, faculty, and businesses who understand the value of the education you will have received. As the demand for qualified trades workers grows, arm yourself with the highest quality education to position yourself for growth.

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