Skills Upgrading & Readiness Program (SURP)

SURP is a FREE program which provides learner-centred, task-based upgrading opportunities for adults preparing for five goal paths: Employment, Apprenticeship, Secondary School Credit (Grade 12), Post-Secondary Education and Independence. All SURP services are free.


Learners can work at their own pace on goal-directed activities that improve their ability to:

· Find and Use Information (in text, documents and videos);

· Communicate Ideas and Information (with other people, in writing, on documents, creatively);

· Understand and Use Numbers (use measures and manage money, time and/or information);

· Use Digital Technology (computers, internet, mobile apps);

· Manage Learning, and Engage with Others (work in a team, resolve conflict).

SURP also assesses and assists clients who did not finish high school and are interested in earning their General Education Diploma (GED).  


GED Overview

Come in for free pre-GED testing to  determine which steps you need to take.


Regular Program Hours

Practitioners are available at the following times and locations


Tuesdays:  9 am - noon
                  1 pm - 4 pm

Exeter 519.235.0471



Monday:  1 pm - 4 pm
                5 pm - 8 pm

Wednesday:  9 am - noon
                      1 pm - 4 pm

Friday:  9 am - noon





Tuesday:      1 pm - 4 pm 
                     5 pm - 8 pm

Wednesday: 9 am - noon

Thursday:     9 am - noon
                     1 pm - 4 pm





Tuesday:    9 am - noon
                  1 pm to 4 pm

Wednesday: 5 pm to 8 pm

Thursday:  9 am - noon
                  1 pm to 4 pm



Tuesday:    9 am - noon
                   1 pm - 4 pm

Thursday:   9 am - noon
                   1 pm - 4 pm


  • Initial contact, intake, assessment, learners' questions and general inquiries should occur at a time when a practitioner is scheduled to be in the classroom or by appointment.
  • SURP Classrooms are also open to learners for Independent Study purposes most weekdays between 9 am – 4 pm.
  • Training Support – Funds are available to support eligible learners with transportation and childcare needs.
  • Holiday Breaks - SURP Classrooms may close or offer decreased hours in summer months and over Christmas.

Program Advisors:

Courtney Brown   –  519.357.4995 x 2306 or toll free:  1.844.470.7877
Tess Gibbings -  519.524.2515 x 2006 

Or we can contact you - complete an online application through the Employment Ontario Self Service tool - Click here 

This Employment Ontario Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and 
the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.  



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