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Boot Camp in Session: SAAR donates thousands toward autobody education, training programs

Regina, Saskatchewan — The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) is at it again with their ever-continuing generosity. The organization recently donated $3,300 to Sask Polytechnic to support Auto Body Skills Boot Camps in Regina and Saskatoon. The initiative aims to provide aspiring students with hands-on experience and valuable skills in the field of autobody repair, encouraging them to pursue a career in this industry.

The Autobody Skills Boot Camps are open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have a keen interest in making auto body repair their profession. Each program can accommodate up to 12 students, ensuring personalized attention and guidance throughout the training sessions.

In Saskatoon, the Autobody Skills Bootcamp is organized in collaboration with the Saskatoon Industry Education Council (SIEC). The sessions will be conducted at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Autobody Shop every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The boot camp will span several weeks, with six sessions scheduled to take place on the following dates: November 7, November 14, November 21, November 28 (to be held at Parr Auto Body), December 5, and December 12. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in various activities, including welding, grinding, filling, painting, and even visit a local autobody shop.

For more information or to register, interested individuals can contact Megan Unrau, the SIEC Program Coordinator, at 306.683.7771 or via email at megan@saskatooniec.ca.

In Regina, the Autobody Career Connection is offered in partnership with the Regina District Industry Education Council. The boot camp will be held at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Autobody Shop every Friday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Similar to the Saskatoon program, the Regina boot camp will consist of five sessions scheduled for November 3, November 17, November 24, December 1, and December 8. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice various skills, such as constructing, filling, prepping, priming, painting, as well as electrical and sheet metal work.

For more information or to register for Regina sessions, please contact Marcel Lorenz at 306.523.3332 or marcel.lorenz@rdiec.ca.

The boot camps aren’t the only SAAR-backed training opportunities, though. The organization will also donate $20,000 to the Distance Learning Corporation of Saskatchewan to initiate a high school work education program throughout the province. This money will go to compensate teachers supervising this program which was previously concealed due to budget cuts.

Way to go, SAAR!

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