We Are Here To Help You!

We are sparking interest in the skilled trades for the region’s youth and those seeking re-skilling opportunities

We Are Here To Help You!

We are sparking interest in the skilled trades for the region’s youth and those seeking re-skilling opportunities

Saugeen Sparks Training Centre

A not-for-profit Training and Skills Development Centre commenced operation in Saugeen Shores in the fall of 2023. The Centre’s plan is to provide outreach and hands-on skills training and re-skilling learning opportunities, leading to diverse employment opportunities for all.

Mission: To provide opportunities for youth and adults to explore their curiosity and discover their interest in the skilled trades through programs, partnerships and community engagement.

Vision: Through hands-on learning and positive mentoring, the Centre will provide introductory hands-on skills development programs, leading to further educational and/or diverse regional employment opportunities.

The Centre’s goal is to ignite students’ interest in the trades as a valuable career option. In the pursuit of our mission, we are proactively establishing partnerships and connections with all community members and similar-minded collaborators. Our commitment to inclusivity guides us, all while acknowledging the unique mandates of each organization.


“I was fortunate enough to attend the Tools in the Trades event in Southampton on September 22, 2023 with some of my High School Co-op Program students who are at Bruce Power. I was impressed by the passion, enthusiasm and support of the skilled tradespeople that were working with the event participants.
It was a fantastic day of hands-on activities and networking opportunities. My students made valuable contacts. They told me that they left the event feeling better informed of the high demand for skilled workers, as well as apprenticeship and employment opportunities that exist for them, in our local area (and beyond).
I have mentioned this event and other upcoming events to (FLM) managers at Bruce Power and they have encouraged my students to participate in them. This further emphasizes for my students the significance and value of these highly relevant career exploration and skill development events”.

Michelle McIver
High School Co-op Teacher
Bruce Power

“Yes I did enjoy the tools in the trade event. The one thing I liked most about it was all the networking and how I got to meet so many people. I also really liked the hands on work. I would 100 percent recommend this event to other students; it is an opportunity to meet new people and learn new things that you can’t just pass up on. My one big takeaway had to have been the networking”.

Ashton Wolfe
High School Co-op Student
Bruce Power

“Tools In The Trade Boot Camp organized by the Saugeen Sparks Training Centre was undoubtedly a remarkable success and an unforgettable experience for Wilson Corp. As representatives of our company, Brett Knowlton and I had the privilege of participating in this event, where we encountered an abundance of exceptional candidates for potential apprenticeships. As a result, we were delighted to extend offers of employment to two of the individuals we met that day. The wide range of tools and resources provided during the Trade Boot Camp allowed the participants to showcase their skills and abilities in their respective trades. This enabled us, as potential employers, to accurately evaluate their practical knowledge and assess their potential to contribute to our organization. We are now eagerly looking forward to next year’s Trade Boot Camp, as this event has proven to be an invaluable platform for connecting with promising apprentices. The opportunity to actively engage with these ambitious individuals, eager to make their mark in the trades industry, is truly a privilege for Wilson Corp. Moreover, our company is immensely grateful to have had the chance to sponsor such a significant occasion, wherein we witnessed firsthand the dedication and passion displayed by the participants.”

Brad Wilson
Wilson Plumbing and Wilson Corp.

Registration for this Workshop is Closed

Registration for this Camp is Closed.

Saugeen Sparks Training Centre and
Support Ontario Youth present:

Mind Over Metal

30-Hour Welding Workshop

July 8-12, 2024


NII Advance Technology Campus
117 Farrell Drive, County Road 20, Tiverton

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

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Saugeen Sparks Training Centre Presents:

Spring Night Classes 2024

Welding Starting May 1st & Electrical Starting May 15th
Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

Saugeen District Senior School (SDSS)
740 Gustavus St, Port Elgin Ontario – Rm 129

Intermediate Welding Program
Intermediate Residential Electrical Program

No Registration Fee
Previous experience preferred

These programs are being offered to participants as next steps after completing the introductory fall night class programs.

Participants will engage in hands-on learning in an inclusive and engaging environment.

Welding Program Registration is capped at 12 participants.

Residential Electrical Registration is capped at 20 participants.

Acceptance Notification: Registrants will receive an e-mail confirming registration for program selected.

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