On Thursday September 20, 2018, George Brown College and Tridel co-hosted a group of 18 youth at the semi-annual BOLT Day of Discovery. The Day of Discovery lets students visit an active Tridel construction site, speak with industry professionals and tour George Brown College. The goal is to afford youth exploring a future career in the construction industry the opportunity to learn about the vast range of career and education options available to them.
First Hand Exposure to Industry Professionals
This year’s event began at George Brown College, where youth engaged in a virtual welding activity and were given a tour of some of the construction labs at the Casa Loma campus. Next, participants visited the Aquavista at Bayside community, located on the Toronto Waterfront. There, participants were able to interact with professionals in Planning & Development, Sales, Customer Care and Safety. Following lunch, the youth were given an on-site tour of Aquavista. This unique tour allowed them to observe a site at different stages of construction. The youth seemed very engaged and asked many relevant questions. Overall, the day seemed very successful and the feedback from everyone who participated was very positive.
BOLT provides an invaluable experience for youth to explore the possible careers available to them in the skilled construction trades during the Day of Discovery. Participation in the Day of Discovery is just the first step towards learning about future careers in the construction industry. This year, 11 of the 18 participants signed up for a 2 week job shadowing opportunity on a Tridel construction site at the end of the day.
Established by Tridel in 2009, BOLT works to connect under-resourced youth wishing to pursue training or a post-secondary program in construction. Through trade and industry partnerships, BOLT helps to provide employment, training and mentorship opportunities for youth, and to secure the support of community and government partnerships required for the success of the program. To date, BOLT has awarded over 160 scholarships.