Fix Network recently hosted the graduating class of pre-apprenticeship body technicians from Tropicana Community Services for its first Fix Network ‘Trades Experience Day’ at its Milton facility in Ontario, Canada.
Tropicana’s Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer pre-apprenticeship program is a six-month, tuition-free program funded by the Government of Ontario and designed as a stepping-stone towards finding a full apprenticeship for participants. Fix Network’s event was organized in association with Tropicana Community Services and was part of the company’s mission to promote the aftermarket industry to a new generation of students.
“We are always looking for talented people who want to shape their future in various aftermarket trades and Fix Network is recognized as a key enabler of that trend,” says Daryll O’Keefe, regional vice president – Ontario, Fix Network.
Skilled auto technicians are in high demand across Canada. Raymund Guiste, executive director of Tropicana Community Services, believes pre-apprenticeship training programs could offer a pathway to successful and rewarding careers.
“Engaging the next generation of Canadians is critical for the aftermarket industry and the economy, while keeping unemployment rates down,” Guiste says. “We work closely with potential employers and workshop owners to identify current skill gaps and deploy effective programs addressing the labor shortages in various industries.”