Ignite offers an intensive program for adults aged 19-30 who are looking to transform their lives. Our 25-week program includes academic preparation to write the GED (high school equivalency) exams, financial and wellness education, and preparation for employment. Our students learn full time – seven and a half hours a day, five days a week – and emerge from the program with an array of new skills that enable them to create the life they want.
Specifically, over the course of 25 weeks, provide instruction in the following areas:
- Preparation to write all five GED exams (reading, writing, math, science and social studies)
- Wellness education: mental and physical wellness, nutrition, change theory, etc
- Financial education: budgeting, banking, debt management, etc
- Employment skills: resumes, interviews, public speaking, professional behaviour, etc
- Personal development: identification and analysis of belief systems, the effects of trauma and personal values, addictions support, development of a positive self-concept, etc
- Computer proficiency: Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, typing, analyzing online information, etc. academic upgrading – Grade Equivalent Diploma (GED)
- Driver’s Education: The in-class and in-car portions of SGI driver training (availability subject to public health guidelines). career orientation – Employment skills, resume writing and interview preparation
At the end of the program, students are supported in finding work and applying to post-secondary programming as applicable.
To be considered for the program, you:
- must be 19-30 years old
- have not completed grade 12 and wish to complete the GED
- must be dedicated to improving your life
- have the drive and discipline to take part in full-time learning (8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday)
If you meet the above criteria, please follow the steps below:
- Fill in our online application form
- Speak with a staff member on the phone to complete your application (you will be contacted to make an appointment for this phone call after you’ve filled in the online application form)
- Attend an information session
- Participate in an interview with Ignite staff members
If you are determined to be a good fit for the program, you will be offered a contract as an Ignite Student.
For more information, please contact Ignite or complete a Request Information Form.
How old do I need to be to attend Ignite?
You must be between the ages of 19 and 30.
How do I apply?
You need to complete an application form and bring it, in person, to the Ignite office (#103 – 1112 Winnipeg Street, Regina). Then you need to attend one of our information sessions, do a skills evaluation and have an interview with members of the Ignite team.
Am I paid while I attend Ignite?
No. Ignite has moved away from the apprentice program.
Do I have to be referred?
No, you do not need to be referred.
Will I obtain my GED?
Everyone who is accepted at Ignite will write their GED exams before they leave.
If I already have my Grade 12 and just want to upgrade, can I attend Ignite?
No, we do not offer individual upgrading classes in academic Grade 12 subjects. We only accept individuals who do not have their complete Grade 12 or their complete GED.
Can I work while attending Ignite?
The hours at Ignite are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so you can have a part-time job in the evenings and/or on weekends if it doesn't interfere with your attendance at Ignite.
Do you provide daycare at Ignite?
No we do not; you have to find your own daycare before you begin your employment at Ignite.
Does the program start every September?
Each program cycle is 25 weeks in length with a four-week break in-between cycles. As a result, programs do not always begin in the same month each year.
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