SAO Food Manufacturing Employment Program: Register

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Skills Advance Ontario (SAO) offers free online training and resources to help you get employed in the food manufacturing industry. This program supports job seekers to obtain employment by providing them with sector-specific training with provincially and federally recognized certifications, and connecting them to the right employers. This project is funded by Employment Ontario.

Register for SAO Food Manufacturing Employment Program

Program start date is 24 January. Late registrations until Wednesday January 26 are welcome!

What the SAO Program offers:

  • 5 weeks free online training with access to monetary supports to offset the cost of training
  • 4 weeks paid, supported employment with access to monetary supports to transition into employment
  • Full-time employment with the first month supposed to help off-set the cost of work equipment (uniform, transportation, personal supplies)
  • Mondays to Fridays from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • All course materials, presentation, videos, discussions will take place online, however, accommodations provided for individuals who need in-person support and training

For more information you can call 905-526-8482 ext. 2290

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Learn from home
  • Access to monetary supports during the 5 weeks training to offset the cost of the training
  • Access to monetary supports during the first 4 weeks of employment to transition into employment
  • Develop an employment action plan with long-term and short-term goals for a sustainable career path
  • Connect with local employers and industry professionals for full-time, long-term employment opportunities. Some of the employers that are associated with the program:
    • Collective Arts Brewing, Denningers, Eastern Food Market, Galaxie Brands, Gay Lea Foods, Hamilton Food Market, Ippolito Fruit and Produce, Karma Candy, Maple Leaf Foods, Mercury Foodservice, Monastery Bakery, Mondelez International, Nikolaos Fine Foods, Olivieri (Riviana Foods), Palma Pasta, PastaCo, Pretto’s Pasta, Pure Edibles, Shah Halal Meats, Sierra Supply Chain Services, Sofina Foods, Stanpac, TMF Foods (Lou’s Kitchen), Unilever, Venetian Meats


  • Having an interest in food manufacturing
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week
  • 18+ years old
  • Living in Hamilton or Halton
  • Newcomers with a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 5
  • No past experience needed

Minimum requirements

Skills Advance Ontario incorporates a hybrid learning model utilizing an online and experiential curriculum to develop a skilled and dedicated workforce.

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Internet access
  • Speakers + microphones
  • Email address
  • Webcam
  • A quiet space
  • Designated time
  • If clients do not have access to these equipment, it will be provided to them for free.

Training Details

Skills Advance Ontario participants will have access to monetary support during the 5 weeks of training to offset the cost of the training. Participants will learn essential and technical skills specific to the food manufacturing industry with micro-certifications that are provincially and federally recognized. The technical training is run by Mohawk College.

Technical Skills Training and Certifications

  • Introduction to food processing
  • Level 1 Foundations certification from Food Processing Skills Canada
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Fundamentals of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Food Safety
  • Sanitation 1 and Allergens 1
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Master Class
  • Managing Recall in a Wired World

Professional Skills Training

  • Communication Skills
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Resume and Cover letter
  • Interview Skills
  • Confidence and Motivation
  • Document Use

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