(Ottawa). Guild House Technical Institute is expanding to offer programming designed to amplify and meet the learning outcomes for the Ministry of Education – Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program.
With labour sectors collectively reporting vacancies across the province of up to 400,000 positions, there is an ever-present need to connect youth to family and community-supporting careers. To support District School Board in advancing the profile and importance of Specialist High Skill Major (SHSM) programs, the Institute is immediately launching competency-based training certificates that meet various required and elective training requirements of the program.
Guild House Tech has identified the National Capital Region and the Eastern Ontario District School Boards as the pilot region. Starting today, students in these school boards will have access to full-day training delivered at their school by subject matter experts. In addition to meeting the requirements of the SHSM program, Guild House Tech will begin highlighting the competitive advantages of hiring these students and program graduates to their employer guilds. Leadership Skills and Customer Service are the first two certificates, with Approaches to Healing, Stress Management Techniques, and Successful Exhibiting in development for later this month. Although new programs are launched weekly, the Guild welcomes specialized requests from SHSM sites to meet the needs of its learners.
This expanded and complimentary programming area supports Guild House Tech’s mission to strengthen the School-to-Work pathway with their apprenticeship-style certificates and diplomas. “The high school graduates from these programs have tremendous understanding, passion, and skills for their respective sectors but frequently do not receive academic credit for their accomplishments,” shared Guild House Tech President & Vice-Chancellor Jeremy McQuigge. With 16 years of experience in the post-secondary environment, Mr. McQuigge witnessed the competency overlaps between high school and first-year college courses.
As a pilot until June 2022, the team at Guild House Tech will work with all boards to amply their efforts and create pathways to connect their graduates with employers participating in their innovative training program with regional employers. This project aims to ensure that more youth are active participants in the workforce while earning a post-secondary education without debt. Combined with their post-secondary programs, Guild House Tech is systematically addressing the immediate pressures of the employer labour shortage and the skills mismatch keeping Ontarians from thriving.