Education & Training
Labour Force Education Levels
More than 55% of the labour force of Norfolk County has post-secondary education.
Total Labour Force (age 25-64): 33,004
College certificate of diploma: 10,826
University certificate, degree or diploma: 3,856
Apprenticeship or trade certificate: 3,796
High school certificate: 9,747
Education & Training Institutions
The Fanshawe College Simcoe Campus in Norfolk County (fanshawec.ca/simcoe) is a full-service Government of Ontario community college. The campus has served the training and educational needs of the community since 1967. They are committed to personal, social and economic success through quality education and learning for employment. The Simcoe campus is noted for its hospitality and client service. The campus offers a range of college services and programs including certificate and diploma programs, pre-apprenticeships, continuing education, customized corporate training for business and industry, and career and employment preparation and counselling services. Full-time programs include:
- Adventure Expeditions & Interpretive Leadership (Diploma Program)
- Agri-Business Management (Graduate Certificate)
- Business (Diploma Program)
- Computerized Office Essentials (Certificate Program)
- Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated Diploma Program with Continuous Intakes)
- Early Childhood Education (Accelerated Diploma Program with Continuous Intakes)
- Esthetics (Certificate Program)
- Food Service Worker (Certificate Program)
- Health Care Office Assistant (Certificate Program)
- Personal Support Worker (Certificate Program)
- Social Service Worker (Diploma Program)
- Social Service Worker Fast Track (Diploma Program)
- Welding Techniques (Certificate Program)
For more information, contact 519-426-8260 or fanshawec.ca/simcoe.
University of Guelph
The University of Guelph Simcoe Research Station (uoguelph.ca/plant/stations/simcoe) houses the Department of Plant Agriculture on 86 hectares (212 acres) of land in Norfolk County, just east of Simcoe. Its mission is to help strengthen the fruit and vegetable industries in the potentially highly productive zone along the north shore of Lake Erie. Simcoe operates research programs covering vegetables, fruits, hazelnuts and various alternative crops for the sandy tobacco soils of the area. The ratio of research input is about 70% vegetables and 30% fruit, which reflects the approximate distribution of horticultural production in the Lake Erie counties.
Other Post-Secondary Institutions
Other colleges and universities within a one-hour drive include Laurier (laurierbrantford.ca), Brantford; Liaison College South Coast (liaisonsouthcoast.com), Brantford; Nipissing University (nipissingu.ca), Brantford; Mohawk College (mohawkcollege.ca), Hamilton; Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology (niagaracollege.ca), Welland; Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (conestogac.on.ca), Kitchener; Brock University (brocku.ca), St. Catharines; McMaster University (mcmaster.ca), Hamilton; University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca), Waterloo; and Western University (uwo.ca), London.
Elementary & Secondary Schools
The Grand Erie District School Board (granderie.ca) and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (bhncdsb.ca) provide public education through 22 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools in Norfolk County. École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marie (smn.csdccs.edu.on.ca/)offers elementary education in the French language in Simcoe. Jarvis Community Christian School (website), Jarvis, offers a Christ-centered program of learning from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.
The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie (workforceplanningboard.org) in Brantford leads the development of labour market strategies in Norfolk County, Haldimand County, Brant County and Brantford by engaging community partners and maximizing available resources. It provides evidence-based research and analysis, identifies employment trends, targets workforce opportunities, initiates workforce development strategies, and assists employers with human resource planning.