Toronto, Ontario -- August 9, 2019 -- Campers at SkillsOntario received a special surprise when they were visited by MPP Ross Romano on July 31.
Known for being an avid supporter of young students entering the trades, Romano was thrilled to see the happy campers test out welding, sanding and other auto body repair skills.
"This is a great opportunity for students to explore careers in skilled trades," Romano stated.
Currently sitting as the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Romano has worked to improve Government investment into pre-apprenticeship programs.
He was particularly thrilled about SkillsOntario Summer Camp as it offers students entering high school a chance to get a headstart on their careers.
"[The campers] have explored careers in skilled trades through interactive learning, industry tours, and entrepreneurship games," said Romano.
Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the weeklong sessions are packed with basic training, building activities, as well as local industry tours where campers can get a glimpse "first hand at the skilled trade sector careers that are available within their own community as well as a glimpse of an average workday within various skilled trade sectors," according to SkillsOntario.
Students were also invited to sit in on multiple workshops hosted by leaders in the automotive industry that focused on industrial, construction, motive power, services, and technology sectors.
"Our government knows that employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in the skilled trades," stated Romano before his visit. "We are [focused on] helping more people get a successful start on the path to apprenticeship."
This week is the last for SkillsOntario camps, for more information on their programs, visit skillsontario.com