Tropicana graduates 2017 Autobody Pre-Apprenticeship class

The 2017 graduating class of Tropicana's Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and Mitzie Hunter (centre), Minister of Education.

By Erin McLaughlin Toronto, Ontario — September 10, 2017 — Tropicana Employment Services has recently graduated its 2017 class of pre-apprenticeship autobody repair students. The 16 students who graduated were celebrated for their hard work, dedication and passion, while all attending looked ahead to a promising future. As Imad Bajwa, one of the graduating students […]

Mohawk College honours pre-apprenticeship grads at special ceremony

A few photos from the Mohawk Pre-Apprenticeship grad, including Joey Piercey's selfie with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! Check out the gallery below for more!

By Mike Davey Hamilton, Ontario — October 21, 2016 — A new group of students has hit the first milestone on their journey towards careers in the autobody field. Mohawk College held a special event at the school’s Stoney Creek campus to honour the latest round of graduates from its pre-apprenticeship collision repair class. It […]

Tropicana graduates new pre-apprenticeship class

The graduating class of 2016, with representatives of some of the program's sponsors. Check out the gallery below for more photos!

By Mike Davey   Toronto, Ontario — September 2, 2016 — A number of new technicians are on their way into the collision repair industry, thanks to the Tropicana Community Services Pre-Apprenticeship program, its sponsors and their own hard work. The graduation ceremony for this year’s class took place at The Radisson Hotel in Toronto, […]

Employers wanted for upcoming Career Fair

Representatives of CSN-427 Auto Collision interviewing a prospective employee at the Pre-apprenticeship Career Fair in 2015. A number of employers have already signed up for this year's event, but booth space is still available.

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario — July 19, 2016 — The labour shortage in the collision repair industry is ongoing. Some shop owners have turned to recruiting from other countries, while others concentrate on “growing their own.” In other words, finding young people with talent and enthusiasm and getting them enrolled in an apprenticeship program. […]

I-CAR donates scholarships to Tropicana pre-apprenticeship program

I-CAR and Tropicana logos

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario — May 26, 2016 — Students enrolled in Tropicana Employment Centres’ Autobody and Collision Damage Repairer pre-apprenticeship program now have something else to strive for: an I-CAR Canada scholarship. It was recently announced that five of the students from this year’s class will receive training scholarships from I-CAR Canada. Each […]

CARSTAR to sponsor ‘Best in Class’ scholarship program

CARSTAR and Tropicana logos.

By Mike Davey Hamilton, Ontario — May 18, 2016 — The shortage of skilled tradespeople has a profound impact on the collision repair industry as a whole. For the last few years, Toronto’s Tropicana Employment Services has been helping to fill the gap with its Autobody and Collision Damage Repairer Pre-apprenticeship program. Repairers and suppliers […]

Pre-apprenticeship students tour CARSTAR

Collin Welsh of CARSTAR kicked off the event. Check out the gallery below for more photos!

By Mike Davey Hamilton, Ontario — May 10, 2016 — Students in Tropicana Employment’s 2016 Pre-apprenticeship Auto Body Class received a rare opportunity today, when CARSTAR Vision Park hosted them for a day of education and demonstrations. 3M and AutoQuip Canada were also on hand to provide some of the demonstrations and give the students […]

AYCE pre-apprenticeship program returns for 2016

AYCE logo

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, […]