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Worksite Training Program

Our Worksite Training Programs (WTP) are located in North Halton (Acton) and South Halton (Oakville). At these facilities, individuals develop their work skills in an environment which closely reflects what they will experience in a competitive workplace. While participating in the training program, individuals build their work strengths and employment potential through the development of employment goals and practical work experiences while working in a supportive environment.

Through the acquisition of contracts with companies and other agencies to provide packaging, assembly, labeling, encoding, sorting, collating, and shrink-wrapping services, we provide a realistic work environment for individuals to re-establish work and social skills to support re-entry into the competitive workplace. Individuals also receive training in the use of equipment such as tow motors, shrink-wrap machines, encoders and heat sealers. The Worksite Training Program provides individuals with a wide variety of meaningful assessment and training opportunities.

Program Eligibility:

STRIDE’s mandate is to serve clients who:

  • Have a mental health and/or addiction challenge
  • Are in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers to gain and maintain meaningful employment
  • Are 16 years of age or more
  • Are a permanent resident of Ontario
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada

Clients need to demonstrate:

  • They have the ability to set and work towards achievement of employment preparation activities and employment goals
  • A desire to find employment in the community
  • A desire to decrease social assistance dependency
  • A willingness to be involved in the STRIDE Employment Services

Referral Process:

Individuals can connect with the Worksite Training Program in a number of ways:

  • Individuals can refer themselves by filling out a Referral Form
  • Individuals can also be referred by supports such as their family, doctors, mental health clinic, and community agencies by completing  a Referral Form
  • Once a referral is received, a brief phone consultation will occur
  • A STRIDE staff will call to set up an Intake appointment.

The benefits of using our Worksite Training Program are as follows:

  • Preparation for competitive employment
  • Realistic work environment with flexible work scheduling
  • Learning and practicing vocational life skills in a supported environment
  • Increased self-esteem and independence
  • Learn marketable skills such as shipping and receiving, quality control, tow motor operation, health and safety, lead hand, etc.
  • Earn money in the form of a training allowance
  • Develop an individual service plan including a long-term employment goal

STRIDE is committed to working towards strategies that support and facilitate the development of innovative vocational programming models. Based on the research, we know that productive work has been identified as a leading component in promoting positive mental health and in paving the way for a rich and fulfilling life in the community. With expertise in the area of employment and mental health, our goal is providing the necessary supports that facilitate people’s attempts at finding, getting and keeping work.

Our Worksite Training Program provides people who have been off work due to a mental health issue with an opportunity to develop the necessary self-confidence and acquire the skills required in order to return to their regular job.

If you have any questions or would like to meet to further discuss the many services we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us.