SKILLS IN MOTION
Skills Ontario, alongside Fix Network in Milton, Ont. training center, officially cut the ribbon from the trades and technology truck before it goes to schools across the province.
The main focus of the event was a group of seven students from Milton District High School who got to experience Skills Ontario’s new mobile hands-on learning centre.
“It was a real eye-opener for what we will learn in our placements,” said a Grade 12 co-op student. The converted van truck has a number of interactive stations for students and parents to engage with, including various virtual reality welding and painting simulators, a pneumatic pump setup, as well as a filled locker tools and safety equipment to interact with.
Fix Network CEO Steve Leal expressed his excitement for the event and how it connects various aspects of the automotive industry. “I think it’s a great initiative to get the community, the government and everyone involved to make sure we can get this message to the front lines as much as possible,” Leal said.
“Fix Network has long partnered with Skills Ontario on many levels, but this new truck is intended to go out into the public and to schools and events and introduce young people in Ontario to the trades,” said said Fix Network’s Regional Vice President for Ontario. , Daryl O’Keefe. “They will actually have the opportunity to touch and try new skills. For younger kids, they can even try out some of the safety gear without touching the tools, but older kids can do virtual welding, virtual painting, and even changing a truck’s tire, all in this room. mobile class.
Skills Ontario CEO Ian Howcroft spoke about the importance of having hands-on experience with the tools of the trades. “We believe the best way to introduce people to a skilled trade is to allow them to gain that experience; take a tool, try one of the simulators, whether it’s operating a crane, driving a truck or welding,” said Howcroft.
“We encourage them to get the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves.”