Frequently Asked Questions About the Worksite Training Program
The STRIDE Worksite Training Program is an employment training program designed to assist people living with mental health and/or addictions challenges to develop their work skills in a supportive environment. This environment closely reflects what you would experience while working in competitive employment in the community. The program is available to Halton residents or anyone living outside Halton with a mental health and/or addictions challenge provided they can travel to one of our two sites.
You will be providing packaging and assembly services for local customers in an environment that will enable you to develop work and social skills that are required by community employers regardless of the type of employment you may aspire to.
The Worksite Training program will help to increase your self-esteem and independence, and enable you to learn vocational skills under the supervision of STRIDE support workers.
Click here for the Referral Form. You can also phone our central number at (905) 693-4252 and request a referral form be mailed to you. You can then fax the completed form to 905-338-2878 or drop it off to one of our offices. You will receive a call from a one-Link Service Coordinator to ensure you are being directed to the right care at the right place.
We ask that individuals commit to a minimum of two full days, three mornings or four afternoons per week to start. This works out to 10-12 hours per week. After a while we will ask you to consider increasing your hours. The site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each week day.
You can stay in the program as long as it is meeting your employment needs. STRIDE provides support to you when you feel you are ready for a job in the community. If you want this service you should discuss it with your STRIDE Vocational Support Worker.
STRIDE has two worksites- the North Halton Worksite in Acton and the South Halton Worksite in Oakville. The addresses are:
South Halton 2245 Wyecroft Road, Units 1 & 2, Oakville L6L 5L7
North Halton 12 Wallace Street, Unit 1, Acton L7J2V6
You will be paid a training allowance based on piece rate. The piece rate varies depending on the complexity of the job and your speed.
Your training allowance will be deposited into your bank account every other Friday. Since this is a training program you should not expect to earn minimum wage or above.
You can take public transit or have a friend, fellow worker or family member drive you. In Burlington and in North Halton we have a passenger van that will be able to transport you to and from our Oakville or Acton site for a small daily fee.
There are several ways in which you can communication with the staff at STRIDE. Your primary point of contact for communication and performance feedback will be the Vocational Support Worker that has been assigned to you while you are at STRIDE. If that person is not available you can go to any of the other staff for assistance as the need arises. We have monthly Client Focus Meetings where you can raise issues of concern either in confidential written form or vocally at the meeting. We also have a suggestion box at each site. Each year we administer a Client Feedback Survey to collect opinions on how we can improve our program.
You will be given regular feedback on your performance by the staff at STRIDE depending on the circumstances. You should feel comfortable in asking how you are doing if you would like to know.
At least once a year you will have a written and verbal Client Performance Feedback session with your STRIDE case worker. This is an opportunity for you and your case worker to agree on goals for the coming 12 months and to review progress to date.
On your first day you will be given an orientation and a tour. You will also be given a copy of the Client Handbook which contains useful information such as dress code, your responsibilities for personal hygiene and worksite property maintenance, how to book time off such as sick time, vacations and appointments , the STRIDE code of contact, our smoking policy, health and safety requirements, discipline policy etc.
STRIDE takes health and safety very seriously. Health and safety training is part of the orientation process and we have a Joint Health and Safety Committee as required under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.