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AYCE pre-apprenticeship program returns for 2016

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By Mike Davey

Toronto, Ontario — March 15, 2016 — AYCE Youth Employment Services has announced it is actively looking for new applicants for its Auto Body Collision and Damage Repair pre-apprenticeship training program. AYCE is a division of Tropicana Community Services.

Applicants must be willing and able to commit to a 30-week full-time program, possess an OSSD (Grade 12 diploma) or equivalent and be between the ages of 18 and 30. Applicants must also be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a valid Ontario driver’s license.

“We’ve been running this program for a number of years now, and it’s gotten a very good response from the industry, with a number of high-profile companies and networks both sponsoring parts of the program and hiring our graduates,” says Marc Tremblay, Program Coordinator.

The next session runs from April 4 to October 28. Participants will have access to an introduction to the basics of the auto body and collision trade and an introduction to the automotive service technician trade. The program also includes six weeks of pre-employment training, including interview preparation, resume writing, WHMIS training and job coaching. Participants in the program also receive education in the form of the Level 1 Auto Body Collision and Damage Repair course at Centennial College in Toronto. A starting toolkit is also provided to every participant.

Perhaps most valuable of all, the AYCE program introduces participants to potential employers who provide industry information and answer questions, as well as a 12-week paid work placement with an employer.

For more information on the program, please contact Nimo Abdulkadir at 416-491-7000 ext. 205 or via email to nabdulkadir@tropicanaemployment.ca.

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