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‘Back to School’ Tip Sheet for Adult Learners and Job Seekers

This is not your typical `back to school’ tip sheet! We want you to think about education not only for the purpose of learning and training, but for job opportunities, too! And don’t think ‘teacher’ as the only occupation in education; there are many occupations needed in the education system, including: educational assistants, office administrators, accountants, bookkeepers, IT specialists, custodians, and much, much more.

PART I: EDUCATION FOR LEARNING/TRAINING

Education & Training in Peel Halton

For a list of colleges, universities, and private institutions in and around Peel Halton, click here.

Back to School or Second Career

  • If you need financial assistance to change careers, you may be eligible for Ontario’s Second Career. Second Career provides laid-off workers with skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario and financial support. Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education. Click here to learn more.
  • To search for employment and training services across Ontario, visit the Employment Ontario website  or call toll free at 1-800-387-5656.
  • For more information about adult education and upgrading, visit Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities: Adult Learning.

Upgrading or Literacy

  • Do you need to go back to school to get a high school credit? Maybe you didn’t get your high school diploma? Or maybe you’ve been out of school for some time and you want to practice studying and taking exams? Whatever the reason, there are free programs and supports in Peel Halton to help you get back into education. Click here to for a list of resources.

PART II: EDUCATION FOR JOBS

Jobs in Education: Job Banks

To search for advertised jobs in education, search any of these education job banks:

School Boards

To search for jobs offered by Peel Halton school boards, visit their career pages:

School Bus Drivers

School bus driving could be a good temporary job to enhance your income or for retirees, stay-at-home parents and anyone who wants just a few hours of work per day with summers off! Free training is usually provided by employers and the job is primarily driving children to and from school each day from September to June, Monday to Friday, approximately between the hours of 7:00 am – 9:00 am and 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Some employers in Peel Halton are:

Crossing Guards

School crossing guards are legally permitted to stop traffic and assist school children across the street. If you enjoy contact with students and the public in your community and want to earn extra income (usually paid for two hours of work per day) with full training provided, consider a job as a crossing guard. Summers off! Crossing guards are hired by each city/town. Below is a list of municipal job boards for Peel Halton where you can search for crossing guard positions.

Tutors

Is there a subject you know very well? Can you help someone with math? How about writing essays? Whatever your expertise, if you have the knowledge and experience, you might be able to turn this into a tutoring career. Tutoring is most often part-time, assisting youth after school or on the weekends. To learn more about becoming a Tutor, read about it here.

  • Some companies offering tutoring services include: Oxford Learning, Kumon, Sylvan Learning, or Scholars Canada to name just a few. Do a Google search to find more.
  • To gain experience, consider volunteering as a tutor. You can find opportunities via one of these websites:

Special Interest Instructor

Music teacher, pottery instructor, dance, or cooking; maybe you have a very good talent that you would like to share with others. If this sounds like you, consider an occasional position of teaching a special interests course or workshop. There are many different places to consider for job opportunities.

  • Search by job title using job banks.
  • Do a Google search of general interest courses for your city or town. Search by school boards, colleges, local arts centres, and parks and recreation centres; they often have general interest courses.

Learn more about Careers in Education

  • If you want to learn more about the different occupations in the education system, visit the Working in Canada website and search for different occupations in education. You will learn the trends for that occupation, salary, education requirements and more.
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