Some schools, or school programs, offer “diplomas,” not “degrees,” to graduates. If you are interested in a particular career, see if a degree or diploma is required.
There is a great need for “skilled trades” in Canada. Students are being encouraged to consider the skilled trades as a career option.There are many opportunities for women in the skilled trades.Their participation is encouraged.
Many schools offer legitimate and respected “diploma” programs. Be aware that some offer poor quality or poorly regarded diplomas. Check out the reputation of a school and make sure it is government approved or an accredited institution.
One way to obtain training in a skill or professional area is through an apprenticeship program where a person works alongside a professional to develop skills and obtain certification. It may be possible to get recognition for experience you gained prior to coming to Canada. Bring reference letters with you.Visit the website of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (www.caf-fca.org) or DayPlanner web site – Link #231 provides links to information on apprenticeship programs.
Request to employers
If it would be valuable to your job, ask your employer about possible additional education or training. The employer might pay all or some of the cost if the program would help to improve your work.
The federal government created and maintains the CanLearn web site.This site provides information on, and links to, many education, learning, and training programs. It also provides access to online counsellors who can assist those seeking training, employment, and help with career development. * Visit www.canlearn.ca or DayPlanner web site – Link #232.
PLAR, or Prior Learning Assessment Reports, is an examination of learning that students have achieved before entering a program. It is an effort to assess what has already been learned and how. Learn more
Those who want to take educational or training programs often live far away from the colleges or universities offering the programs. In Canada, distance education programs enable people to take programs without attending classes. Instruction and assignments may be exchanged by mail or through the Internet. Learn more
The cost of postsecondary education can be pretty high. Saving and investing to cover costs such as tuition, books, supplies, and even transportation expenses are important. Financial advisers can help with education saving strategies. They can tell you how to use an RESP, the Canada Education and Savings Grant, the Canada Learning Bond, and other means to save for education.
Many Canadian companies provide training for current employees and those they hire. Many employers will look for employees with highly developed “employability skills” and then provide the specific training needed for the job. Those looking for employment will want to improve their employability skills and find employers that provide opportunities for training on the job.Visit the Conference Board of Canada’s website at www.conferenceboard.ca to learn more about key “employability skills”.