Tropicana to enlarge tech talent pool with new program

At the Tropicana 2017 kickoff. Clockwise from top left: Coordinator Marc Tremblay (right) introduces the class of 2017; guest speaker Bill Dawe of Max Auto Supply and Key Colour; Collin Welsh of CARSTAR Canada, and toolkits provided for program participants by sponsors.

By Mike Davey   Toronto, Ontario — April 4, 2017 — Another 20 students are on their way into the collision repair industry, thanks to Tropicana Employment Centre’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s Minister of Education, was on hand to congratulate the successful candidates for joining the program. The event also featured a number of […]

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, […]

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 […]

Majority of students hired at AYCE’s latest Career Fair

Representatives of CSN-427 Auto Collision interview a prospective employee at AYCE's most recent career fair.

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario — August 27, 2015 — The most recent AYCE Career Fair was definitely a success. The event took place at the Tropicana Community Services Centre of Excellence in Toronto. Since 2010, AYCE has facilitated pre-apprenticeship training for those interested in a career in the collision repair industry. To date, the […]