SkillsAdvance Ontario

The SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) pilot program, supports workforce development in the field of early years and childcare by offering free training and support to job seekers ready to take their first step on the pathway into an early years and childcare career.

Additional training opportunities are also available for those already working in the early years sector who want to further develop their skills and advance within the field.


Participants/Job Seekers


Participants in this program will receive:

  • job specific training
  • guidance and support from industry experts
  • essential skills upgrading
  • real work experience in the child care sector
  • job placement and career counselling
  • the opportunity to expand their professional networks
  • and more!


What does the training look like?

  • 16 hours of employment preparation training
  • 10 weeks of essential and sector specific skills training (average of 25 hours a week)
  • 3 weeks of on the job work experience


How do you qualify for SkillsAdvance Ontario?

  • You are 18 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • You are unemployed, precariously employed, or working less than 20 hours weekly.
  • You are not participating in full-time training, education or other government training.
  • You reside in Ontario and are legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • You meet the additional sector or workplace specific requirements.


How much will the program cost you?

This training is FREE!  You may even qualify for additional financial support towards things like transportation, work attire, child care fees, etc.



Sound like it could be for you?  Start on your path HERE!



Employers supporting this program will receive:

  • job posting services
  • job matching and screening support
  • onboarding assistance
  • access to resources
  • financial incentives
  • and more!

You are eligible to participate if;

  • You have identified job vacancies and/or advancement opportunities in Ontario

  • You are registered and licensed to operate in Ontario

  • You comply with all applicable legislation, including general and provincial human rights legislation, and any other relevant standards, as well as the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA)

  • You maintain appropriate Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or private workplace safety insurance coverage, as well as adequate third-party general liability insurance as advised by its insurance broker.


Click HERE more information or to get involved today!

For More information


Danielle McGill



  • Literacy Link South Central
  • Licensed Child Care Network (LCCN)
  • Workforce Planning & Development Board
  • Collège Boréal
  • Fanshawe College

This SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) Pilot program is supported by The Carrefour Communautaire Francophone de London with funding from the  Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. 

Strive is proud to represent the Licensed Child Care Network (LCCN) on the Executive Committee for this project.