Toronto, Ontario — This past Tuesday, Tropicana Community Services brought its class of 17 pre-apprenticeship auto body students to the Canadian Welding Bureau’s newly opened Canadian Collision Repair Academy, which the organization created in collaboration with Volkswagen Group Canada and several suppliers, distributors and industry supporters.
Students started the day with a brief presentation before getting a tour of the CCRA bodyshop, directed by the CWB’s collision repair trainer Jean-Marc Julien. Check out the video below for all the action.
Tropicana Community Services’ Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer 310B Pre-Apprenticeship L-1 Program is tuition-free, as it is funded by the government of Ontario, and is designed as a stepping-stone to finding a full apprenticeship for its participants. This program runs for 30 weeks; the in-class portion runs from April to August, and the work placement runs from September to November.
The program includes six weeks of academic upgrading and pre-employment training at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ont., as well as 12 weeks of technical training at the college and a 12-week paid work placement at a bodyshop. Students also receive a free toolkit and course materials.