Providing Support to Adult Training Organizations in Central Ontario

Adult training organizations help adults reach their education and work goals. We make sure that everyone eligible for our free skills training has access. The role of Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS) is to support adult training organizations. LOCS ensures the programs in our region have the resources they need to help their participants reach their goals.

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We believe that it’s never too late to try something new!

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People in our programs gain the skills they need to meet their own individual goals. Some people have a goal of finding a job or advancing in their current position. Some are preparing for further education or an apprenticeship. Our programs are flexible and customized to the goals of each person registered for training.

People in our training programs:

  • Prepare to complete their high school diploma or write the GED.
  • Complete upgrading before entering a college program.
  • Gain skills in reading, writing and math.
  • Develop key skills needed to find or advance at work, in an apprenticeship or in the skilled trades.
  • Complete programs such as customer service, Point-of-Sale, pre-PSW, computer skills and money management
  • Gain skills such as communication, teamwork, organization and problem solving.

Community Feedback

Working with LOCS has been one of my highlights this year in the adult literacy sector. I was always impressed to see LOCS programs offering mutual help and support to one another.
– Aletheia Délivré

The LOCS Region

There are five counties in the LOCS region and there are eight adult training organizations in 18 different locations throughout the region. This means that there are many options to choose from.

Exploring this LOCS website is a great first step in finding out about the training and services available in your region.

If you are an individual looking for training or you work for a community organization and wish to make a referral, follow the links below to find programs in your county:

For more information, you are also welcome to contact the LOCS Executive Director, Carrie Wakeford, at or visit our contact page

LOCS Programs

Our programs offer adult training and skills development. Training includes in-person (individual and small groups) and online training programs, as well as some ‘work on your own’ options. For more information, contact us, or visit our programs page for details about each organization in your area.


Literacy Service Plans

Every fall, Literacy Ontario Central South gathers information from meetings, research, reports and surveys to help us develop Literacy Service Plan (LSP) reports. These reports guide the planning and decision-making of adult training programs in Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Northumberland and Hastings.  Four times a year we host LSP meetings in each county….

LOCS is a Member of:

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Peterborough + Kawartha Chamber of Commerce logo
Community Employment Resource Partnership logo
Community Literacy of Ontario logo
Learning Networks of Ontario logo

Funding provided by:

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Employment Ontario logo

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