Over 100 people showed up at the Paintbox Bistro on Tuesday October 24th to show heartfelt support for the grads of the Mill Centre Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Program. Inspiration was the key note of the day with wonderful speeches by participants grads. Their heartfelt words included appreciation for the Regent Park team which included the Dixon Hall Employment Services Centre (DHESC) that partnered to support the residents of the community in their career and employment goals. Participants, partners and everyone else were very motivated to continue to set high goals for themselves in all they do. Well done folks!
Enthusiastic graduates of the Mill Centre Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Program were fully versed in part one and part two of the axiom, “Plan well before you take the journey. Remember the carpenter’s rule: Measure twice, cut once.” This Program is newly modeled as a first step in a journey towards employment in the carpentry industry and beyond.
In partnership with Local 27 Carpenters’ Union (Local 27) youth ages 18-29 from Regent Park, Moss Park, St. Jamestown and surrounding communities received comprehensive skills training that included Construction Math, Circular Saw Basics, Scaffold Training and Door and Hardware Theory, over the course of eight weeks.
To amplify the effect of acquiring these new skills, DHESC job developers and employment advisors provided life and employability skills training to further assist the students on this journey of self-discovery. George Brown College provided 5 hours of business communications training designed to develop the participants’ capacity in written and oral communications, practical language tools for those seeking self-employment.
While the starting point of expectations was high, all-round, the engagement level and enterprising spirit of participants exceeded expectations. We are eager to hear how the future unfolds for our grads. Best wishes and congratulations !