In Huron County, we have access to a variety of local and government-sponsored career training programs that can help job-searchers. From apprenticeships for high school students to retraining opportunities for newcomers encountering challenges in the job market, a support structure exists to help you build a career in your professional field.


Apprenticeships combine job experience with technical training. Apprenticeship in Ontario is the responsibility of the provincial government, which offers apprenticeship studies in a variety of fields.

Apprenticeships are available to high school students through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a secondary school cooperative education program that allows students to participate in an apprenticeship occupation, while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

For more information on schools in Huron County, click here.

The Centre for Employment and Learning

The Centre for Employment and Learning (CEL) is an employment and education facility with various sites across Huron County that provides residents with:

  • Computer courses
  • Workshops
  • GED preparation
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • The Skills Upgrading & Readiness Program (SURP) for adults preparing for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credits, or post-secondary education
  • Ready for Success for youths aged between 15 and 30 fighting barriers to employment
  • Career Planning
  • Contact Services

There are 5 CELs in Huron County, in Clinton (519-482-1700), Goderich (519-524-2515), Exeter (519-235-0471), Seaforth (519-527-2240), and Wingham (519-357-4995).

Visit their website here for more information.

Contact North

Contact North provides online continuing education options for Huron County residents. Providing access to both college and university level programs and courses, Contact North enables learners to learn at home with support from the local learning and employment centres.

For more information on Contact North and how it works, visit their website here.

Lake Huron Learning Collaborative

Lake Huron Learning Collaborative (LHLC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible in-class training in Huron and Bruce counties. Since 2004, LHLC has formed partnerships with local teachers and educational institutions to offer a variety of post-secondary, professional development and interest courses at its centres in Goderich and Kincardine.

For more information on the LHLC, click here.

The REACH Centre

The Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron Inc., (REACH Huron) is a non-profit registered charity that supports the agricultural community of southwestern Ontario with a special focus on equine studies. REACH offers a variety of learning opportunities for children and adults in partnership with post-secondary institutions like the University of Guelph. REACH Huron offers innovative programming as well as recreational activities to support both the equine and agricultural industries.

For more information on REACH Huron, visit their website here.

Literacy—basic reading, writing, math, communication, and computer skills—is essential to a satisfying quality of life, to be able to contribute to your community and workplace, and there are many literacy providers in Huron County that work to fill that need for residents. The Centres for Employment and Learning are a major provider of literacy services for the County, but there are also other providers available to residents.

The LearningHUB

The LearningHUB is a free Literacy and Basic Skills Upgrading program offered by The Centres for Employment & Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board.  The LearningHUB provides flexible, online opportunities to upgrade reading, writing, math, computer and other essential workplace skills to adults in Ontario

For more information, visit their website here.

QUILL Network

The Quality in Lifelong Learning (QUILL) Network is one of 16 regional literacy networks in Ontario funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. QUILL Network can help connect adults to essential skills upgrading programs. All programs are free and based on individual needs and goals. Based in Walkerton, QUILL serves four counties in the area, including Huron County.

For more information, visit their website here.