The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Participates in the Day of Discovery Carpentry Exercise.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, George Brown College and Tridel co-hosted a group of more than 30 students interested in exploring a career in the skilled trades at the BOLT Day of Discovery. The Day of Discovery affords participants the opportunity to tour George Brown College and an active Tridel construction site. The day was launched by the Honourable Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, who spoke to the importance of, and the opportunities available in, the skilled trades, noting “People want a good job, a well paying job that supports their families, and the opportunity to build something together.”
Inspiring The Next Generation
Andrea DelZotto, Director and Executive Vice President, Tridel Group of Companies, spoke next, outlining Tridel’s establishment and continued support of the BOLT Charitable Foundation, to help inspire the next generation of skilled trades and to educate youth from all walks of life on the wide variety of rewarding careers available in the construction industry. As Andrea noted, “Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.”
Some “Hands On” Experience
Then it was time for the participants to delve in to the day’s events. First up on the day’s agenda was a carpentry exercise, where participants made picture frames, under the guidance of George Brown student ambassadors and instructors. This was followed by a tour of some of the construction labs at the Casa Loma campus and a question and answer period.
Touring An Active Construction Site
Next, participants boarded a bus bound for Tridel’s Avani 2 at Metrogate community. There, participants were able to interact with professionals in Planning & Development, Project Management, Customer Care and Safety. The youth were also given a tour of the Avani 2 community, starting at the Mechanical Penthouse and working down the building, to the ground floor. This unique tour allowed them to observe a site at different stages of construction and hear from industry professionals, including the Foremen of both the electrical and plumbing teams working on-site. It was a very engaged group who asked many questions and took lots of pictures. Overall, the day was a great success.
A First Step to a Future Career
The goal of BOLT 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. Participation in the Day of Discovery is just the first step towards learning about future careers in the construction industry. Participants are also given the chance to sign 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 350 scholarships.