Tools in the Trades Bootcamp in Stratford on July 27

Support Ontario Youth is hosting a free Tools in the Trades boot camp for area adults interested in training for a plumbing career at the Stratford Legion on July 27th.

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Stratford-area residents looking to train for a career in plumbing will have the opportunity to get practical advice and network with industry professionals at the upcoming Tools in the Support Ontario Youth trades to the city legion.

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With nearly $4 million in provincial funding last year, Support Ontario Youth held a total of 70 one-day boot camps in communities across the province impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to to provide hands-on training and networking opportunities for young people looking to become electricians, plumbers, millwrights, automotive service technicians and horticulture technicians.

Now, with continued support from the government, the organization has begun running a total of 80 similar boot camps this year for adults ages 18 and older across the province who are not currently enrolled in training programs. full-time education or learning. In addition to the trades offered through last year’s boot camps, the organization has added a new one for future HVAC technicians.

“The idea is that we’re trying to encourage and provide a pathway to learning for our participants,” said Craig Brockwell, Director of External Affairs for Support Ontario Youth. “We are an organization that advocates for the skilled trades, advocates for apprenticeships, (especially to) young women, Indigenous youth, people of color, etc. and other underrepresented groups in the construction trades. …So training camp is a one-day event. …Once they sign up, we give them a trade-specific toolkit – approximate value is $250. It’s a plumbing boot camp in (Stratford) so they would get a plumbing tool kit which would be a great starter kit for them in their trade.

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The participants are then divided into two groups. While one group spends half the day learning how to use their tools in simulated exercises like hooking up a faucet to a vanity, the other group will learn essential job skills like creating a resume, interviewing, money management, interacting with an employer and good work habits.

“And then over lunch we bring in a local employer panel of people who are willing to hire either just a starting worker or an apprentice,” Brockwell said, adding that in some cases Support Ontario Youth does also appeal to agencies looking to hire for jobs in demand in other parts of the province.

Those interested in attending the July 27 boot camp in Stratford or any of the other boot camps held around the province should first visit to complete the online assessment tool and application process.

“We had several training camps in Niagara Falls at our training center where we had participants from as far away as Sarnia in the west and across from Toronto in the east,” said Brockwell said.

Last year, Boot Camps helped Support Ontario Youth enroll more than 620 youth in apprenticeship programs in the organization’s first year with government funding.

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