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Special event celebrates Mohawk College’s graduating class

The graduates of Mohawk College’s apprenticeship Level 3 class. Also shown are John Norris of CIIA (centre), Paul Birchall of 3M (front row, right) and instructors Jim Miles and Jim Carey.

Hamilton, Ontario — June 28, 2016 — Recognition of the work and skill needed to become an Auto Body Collision Damage Repairer in Ontario was highlighted recently by 3M Canada and Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) at Mohawk College in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The 14 graduates of the apprenticeship Level 3 class were presented with recognition plaques at a small party held in their honour.

“As part of the industry ‘Apprenticeship Disconnect’ project, it is becoming increasingly important to recognize the contributions of our apprentices and future work force, ensure their continued interest and commitment to the trade and stay in touch with them in their work lives,” says John Norris of CIIA. “All apprentices are offered free update training with our association and we can offer continuing grants and financial incentives to their employers.”

Norris notes that encouraging more apprentices to attend and complete their schooling is critical. The “Apprenticeship Disconnect” he mentions is a well-documented phenomenon where students sign up for schooling, but don’t complete the training. He also says this class was made possible due to the increased number of apprentices now signing up for training in the trade.

CIIA and 3M worked together as joint sponsors. 3M’s Paul Birchall was on hand during the event to present the Top Marks award to apprentice Curtis Cameron of Muskoka Collision, Huntsville, with a special gift. 

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