Peel Halton’s manufacturing and supply chain & logistics employers are facing an unprecedented talent shortage. At the same time, local jobseekers struggle to access the training and workplace exposure to help them find and keep employment.

Peel Halton Workforce Development Group and multiple municipal community partners are supporting the development of a talent pipeline in the supply chain & logistics and manufacturing sectors in the Peel Halton Region. Using industry-specific, tailored bootcamps, this project will create a pool of specifically trained local jobseekers to meet local employer needs in the manufacturing and supply chain & logistics industries.

Peel Halton Workforce Development Group is leading the project, in collaboration with Purpose Co, and with support from municipal partners in various communities in the Peel Halton region. Some of these municipal partners include:

  • City of Brampton
  • Town of Caledon
  • Town of Halton Hills
  • Milton Economic Development
  • Mississauga Board of Trade
  • Milton Chamber of Commerce

Funding is being provided by the Ministry of Immigration, Labour, Training and Skills Development through the Skills Development Fund (SDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

The Jumpstart to Success (JTS) Bootcamp is a training program that will prepare jobseekers for entry-level jobs in manufacturing and supply chain & logistics. The bootcamps will be offered over two weeks in October 2022 and January-February 2023 as in-person and online training, and both options will have in-person on-location tours and activities. Participants will learn skills needed to help them find a job and stay employed.

  • Partnering employers have shared which jobs they are hiring for and which skills are needed to work in those jobs – the bootcamp will teach some of these skills to participants to help them get and keep these jobs.
  • Jobseekers will be selected and interviewed based on minimum requirements shared by employers
  • Jobseekers will attend a training. bootcamp focused on manufacturing and logistics to learn the skills need to be successful in these jobs, with possible on-the-job training before being hired by employers.

The JTS Bootcamp targets jobseekers who see themselves as being unemployed for a long time or are on social assistance; All jobseekers are welcome, including Persons with Disabilities, Newcomers and Refugees, Indigenous Persons, Racialized Persons, Youth and Individuals with Mental Health or Substance use challenges.

Employers in the industry have told us that the following entry-level jobs are in need – the bootcamp will focus on teaching skills related to these jobs:

  • Production Associate
  • General Labour
  • Warehouse Associate
  • Machine Operator

Depending on the job and employer, jobseekers can expect to earn $15.50-$30.00 per hour. Some shifts offer premium rates (often night shifts), and many employers have opportunities to move up and grow within the company.

For Jobseekers

If you are interested in the Jumpstart to Success (JTS) Bootcamp, this is what you need to apply:

  • Be located in or can travel to jobs inthe Peel Halton region (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington, Oakville)
  • Be registered to work in Canada
  • Not attending school full-time
  • Be able to understand, speak and read basic English
  • Be able to handle physical work. For example, lift a minimum of 30 lbs/14kg, stand for long periods, be comfortable doing the same movement for a long time
  • Be able to count and do basic math
  • Be able to attend a two-week training bootcamp in October 2022. This will take place either in-person or online
  • Be available for part-time or full-time work as of October/November 2022
  • Age 18+ preferred

Come to an information session that will been running until mid-September! At the information sessions you can learn more about the JTS Bootcamp and about the kinds of jobs available.

If after attending the information session, you want to attend the JTS Bootcamp, the next step is to apply through one of our partners. This is what you need to do:

  • If you are already registered with an Employment Service Provider (ESP), speak to your case manager to help you get referred to one of our partner ESPs. Their information is below.

OR

  • If you are not registered with an Employment Service Provider, you can contact one of our ESP Training Partners below to apply.

Abilities to Work:
519-806-1758
ronia.michael@abilitiestowork.com

Family Services of Peel:
647-709-3419
apatel@fspeel.org

Once you contact one of our ESP partners to apply for the JTS Bootcamp, they will ask you some questions to make sure you qualify (see “Do I qualify for the program?” section above). Once you qualify, you will be invited for a brief interview to see if you are a good match for the kinds of jobs available and to understand the reasons you want to participate in the JTS Bootcamp.

If you are accepted to the program, the next step is to attend the JTS Bootcamp!

The JTS Bootcamp will be held from October 3-17. From Monday to Friday during those two weeks, there will be a class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Some days will have factory visits instead of one or both classes. There will not be a class on Thanksgiving (Monday, October 10).

To attend the JTS Bootcamp, there are two choices::

  • Attend classes in-person at our ESP Training Partner in Mississauga /Brampton near Hurontario Street and Hwy 401
  • Online classes (live, not recorded), with a few in-person activities at our ESP Training Partner location near Hurontario Street and Hwy 401 and employer factory visits

IMPORTANT: Participants from both the in-person and online classes will be required to attend in-person activities and factory tours. This may be up to 2-3 days within the Peel Halton regions.

Some financial support is available if you need help to attend the training or factory tours.

We hope that the JTS Bootcamp will help you learn more about:

  • What working in a factory is really like
  • What is expected of new workers in the workplace
  • How to ask questions (without feeling silly)
  • How to stay safe in a busy environment with lots of equipment
  • How to prevent injuries doing a physical job
  • How to deal with tough situations
  • How to be a team player

We also hope that the JTS Bootcamp will help you learn more about:

  • Yourself
  • Your strengths
  • How you learn best
  • How you communicate best

Each bootcamp (in-person and online) will have approximately 20-30 participants over the two week training program.

We can help you!

Funding is available to help you attend the JTS Bootcamp training program, participate in factory tours or get equipped to start a job with one of our partner employers.

If you need financial help, please speak to your case manager.  what they need in order to participate in the training so that we can try to help them.

Here are examples of the kind of things we can provide financial help for:

  • Childcare/daycare services during bootcamp training class hours
  • Transportation to participate in the training or get to factory tours
  • Purchasing clothing and footwear necessary for tours or work
  • Laptop rentals and Internet access for online live training
  • Disability-related services and accommodation supports
  • Wage subsidies are available

The training will try to accommodate your needs where possible. For example, closed captioning will be offered during the online classes. If known, please tell your case manager what your services or accommodations you may need when you register.

After the bootcamp, you will be “matched” with an employer who will interview you for a job or for on-the-job training with a plan to be hired later.

Participants will receive employment start-up support from the ESP Training Partners towards preparing and starting the job, including any accommodations and travel plan supports. 

After the bootcamp, you will also be invited to  join the Success at Work (SAW) program available for up to 6 months following the JTS Bootcamp. This program will consist of meetings where you can talk about what you are learning in your new job and discuss anything that is hard for you. There will also be some workshops to support you with specific challenges you might be facing.

If you successfully complete the JTS Bootcamp, you will be matched with an employer following based on:

  • City/region
  • How you can get to work (car vs. public transit)
  • Hours you can work
  • Special accommodations needs at work

You should expect to be interviewed by employers prior to starting their jobs. You will receive support to prepare for these interviews.

We have employer partners who will be ready to hire or provide on-the-job training in October, so participants should be ready to start working as early as 1-2 weeks after the bootcamp training program finishes. We plan to have all participants placed with an employer by November 30, which is 6 weeks after the bootcamp.

For Referring Employment Service or Training Providers

To participate in the Jumpstart to Success (JTS) Bootcamp, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be located in or can travel to jobs in the Peel Halton region and willing (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington, Oakville)
  • Be registered to work in Canada
  • Not attending school full-time
  • Be able to understand, speak and read basic English
  • Be able to handle physical work. For example, lift a minimum of 30 lbs/14kg, stand for long periods, be comfortable doing the same movement for a long time
  • Be able to count and do basic math
  • Be able to attend a two-week training bootcamp in October 2022. This will take place either in-person or online
  • Be available for part-time or full-time work as of October/November 2022
  • Age 18+ preferred

Please contact one of our ESP Training Partners to begin the enrollment process. Each client will be screened and interviewed prior to being accepted into the program. Please contact one of our ESP Training Partners for more information:

Abilities to Work:
519-806-1758
ronia.michael@abilitiestowork.com

Family Services of Peel:
647-709-3419
apatel@fspeel.org

Funding is available to support clients to attend the JTS Bootcamp training program, participate in factory tours or get equipped to start a job with one of our partner employers.

Here are examples of the kind of financial supports that would be available for your clients based on needs:

  • Childcare/daycare services during bootcamp training class hours
  • Transportation to participate in the training or get to factory tours
  • Purchasing clothing and footwear necessary for tours or work
  • Laptop rentals and Internet access for online live training
  • Disability-related services and accommodation supports
  • Wage subsidies are available

We have employer partners who will be ready to hire or provide on-the-job training in October, so participants should be ready to start working as early as 1-2 weeks after the bootcamp training program finishes. We plan to have all participants placed with an employer by November 30, which is 6 weeks after the bootcamp.

Yes, our ESP Training Partners will be offering a retention support program called “Success at Work” for bootcamp alumni for up to 6 months following the completion of the bootcamp training program.

For Employers

By partnering in the JTS bootcamps, you will:

  • Gain access to and hire from a diverse talent pool of 100 candidates who have been screened and trained according to your workforce needs
  • Have an opportunity to feature your business to a wide audience of potential candidates through initiatives offered during information sessions and the bootcamps (such as guest speakers, testimonials, plant tours, simulations/demonstrations, etc.)
  • Directly inform the bootcamp screening criteria and curriculum design based on your the requirements of your target occupations and foundational skills required to perform in these roles

To partner with the JTS bootcamps, employers need to:

  • Operate a manufacturing or supply chain & logistics business of any size with at least some operations based in the Peel Halton region (inclusive of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Milton, Halton and nearby surrounding areas)
  • Have at least one management member (e.g. HR/Talent Acquisition, Operations Manager, etc.) who is willing to contribute as a company representative to the informing research and potentially be involved in engagement with bootcamp candidates
  • Have capacity to hire bootcamp alumni and be willing to provide job placements trained jobseekers as early as October/November 2022 and in February/March 2023
  • Place value on people, with a focus or interest in diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Sign up for the initial 30 minute “discovery call” to confirm locations of operations, discuss your motivations and interest, as well as help to identify the in-demand target occupations and foundational skills requirements for these roles.
  • Confirm your hiring needs within the in-demand roles prior to each bootcamp in order to potentially have bootcamp alumni placed with employers
    • Employers should seek to ideally hire 5 or more bootcamp candidates in October/November 2022 and again in February/March 2023 (via direct hire/job placements)

To inform the bootcamp curriculum and participate in the delivery of the information sessions/bootcamps, partnering employers may have interest in the following (Note: participating employers involved in optional initiatives will receive first priority to bootcamp alumni):

  • 1 hour in-depth interview to further understand your hiring/retention needs, and training and career pathways
  • Facilitate researchers to observe the in-demand target occupations onsite at your location (occupations to be confirmed in July)
  • Inform and validate core competencies and screening criteria of in-demand target occupations
  • Engage with jobseekers by participating as guest speakers, hosting plant tours, hosting virtual demonstrations, etc.

Have further questions about this project? 

Contact Zain Diranieh at JTSbootcamps@peelhaltonworkforce.com

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