Employers - open
your door to youth!
As a result of an interactive career presentation by Blaine and Karen North (North’s Auto Body Collision Centre) and Corrie Robley (NS Automotive Sector Council) at Northeast Kings Education Centre this past November, two female high school students developed great enthusiasm to take a closer look into the auto body industry.
After an offer from Blaine and Karen for students to job shadow, Chelsea and Amanda, grade 11 students, were very interested and eager to learn everything that goes on in a collision repair facility. They were surprised to learn how much attention is spent on quality and detail at each individual stage of the repair process. The girls most enjoyed testing their skills in different areas of collision repair throughout the day, as seen in photos. They learned that taking the time to do the little extras as North’s Auto Body demonstrated is so important to the customer.
Blaine and Karen emphasized to the girls the importance of education and how their school work relates to automotive careers, especially focusing on math and technology. They encouraged them to learn about the trade, investigate career and training opportunities available within the school, and register in the High School co-op program. A number of schools throughout Nova Scotia host an annual Options and Opportunity Career Day, which presents an excellent opportunity for employers to interact with High School students. It is imperative that we expand their knowledge, set realistic expectations and offer career exploration opportunities.
When Industry gets involved in their community schools, students can make more informed career decisions before pursuing their chosen career and life goals. It is without saying that skilled workers are in demand in many industry trades and competition is becoming a well-known factor. Communicating and building relationships between students, teachers, career practitioners, parents, and industry, are vital to a positive future for today’s youth and the future of our trades. The November presentation was attended by forty plus students and included a professional development session for faculty on accessing career information at www.workapedia.ca. Employers must realize, sooner than later, that this example is the new model for attracting and developing new employees.
To replicate Karen and Blaine’s outstanding efforts in your local community, contact Corrie Robley, NS Automotive Sector Council at 902-464-0168.
ATA scholarship winner
The Automotive Trades Association of Atlantic Canada is pleased to announce that Tristan Beaton, Port Hood, NS was recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the ATA. When Tristan was just two years old he began an interest in mechanics. He would follow his dad around carrying his own little tool box and no toy dinky was untouchable. Today Tristan can usually be found working on his own Toyota truck, which he has completely rebuilt. Tristan is currently attending grade 12 at Dalbrae Academy.
He has been employed at his father’s garage since the age of 14. He loves to spend time 4-wheeling and driving around the town with all his buddies. Tristan has decided to attend NS Community College in Pictou NS in the fall. He will be enrolled in Heavy Duty Mechanics. Tristan is the son of Mr & Mrs Donald Beaton, Ultramar retailer in Mabou, Cape Breton and his many friends and family wish him much success in his chosen career.