Augmented Education

Chef and Construction Worker back to back

What is Augmented Education?

Augmented Education provides support to people with mental health or addiction histories and barriers to training and employment prepare for, find, and maintain employment.

At no cost to the participant, this program is a training and employment support model which integrates:

  • job focused education and training
  • industry recognized certification
  • support during the program
  • post-program employment and support.

There are two streams of the Program Offered: Assistant Cook Extended Training (ACET) and Construction Craft Worker Extended Training (CCWET).  

The programs:

Construction Craft Worker Foundations program (CCWET) (A106)

Construction students working with wood

The Construction Craft Worker Foundations program (CCWET) is designed for students who see work as part of their recovery process. This innovative program includes:

  • classroom and construction lab instruction
  • 160 hours of work placement
  • workshops
  • the program duration is 18 weeks
  • class and construction lab time is approximately 30 to 35 hours per week, with support and tutoring available from program coaches.

Courses include Metal Cutting, Specification and Calculations and Construction Site Works.

To learn more about this program please visit the Construction Craft Worker Foundations program (CCWET) (A106) program page.

A105 program male chef

Assistant Cook (Extended Training) (ACET) program (A105)

This employment-focused program offers people with a history of mental illness and/or addiction, who see work as part of the recovery process, the choice and the opportunity to receive training and employment in the food service industry.

This innovative program includes:

  • classroom and kitchen lab instruction
  • 150 hours of work placement
  • workshops
  • Class and kitchen lab time is approximately 30 to 35 hours per week, with support and tutoring available from program coaches.

Courses in this program include Baking Techniques, Culinary Essentials and Work Placement.

For more information on this program, please visit the Assistant Cook (Extended Training) (ACET) program (A105) program page.

Student Success

Sean MacArthur - CCWET program graduate

MEET SEAN

“With my drug and alcohol problems, there was no possible way I was able to keep a job let alone show up to work every day. With the foundation that the CCWET program put in place for me, I’ve been successful in the program and with work. Being employed as a carpenter for 11 months now, I’ve never missed a day of work, I’ve never been late and I look forward to going to work every day. I am so grateful for where I am today. I’ve been sober for two years, five months and one week.”

Sean MacArthur
Graduate, Construction Craft Worker Extended Training Program

Danny Tran - ACET program graduate

MEET DANNY

“Before I started the Augmented Education Program, I was enrolled in the Academic Upgrading Program at George Brown to help me get my grade 12 English and math prerequisites. Once I completed it, I was stuck in a rut and didn’t know what to do with my life. That’s when my teacher told me about the Assistant Cook Extended Training Program through Augmented Education -- a free program to help students with their mental health challenges. For the last couple of years, I’ve suffered from severe depression. This program helped me feel better and restored my confidence in myself.”

Danny Tran
Graduate, Assistant Cook Extended Training Program

Next steps:

Attend an information session for Construction Craft Worker Foundations program (A106)
Attend an information session for Assistant Cook (Extended Training) (ACET) program (A105)