Cambrian’s mobile learning centre helps youth access trades training

March 25, 2015

A group of Aboriginal youth are set to graduate from Cambrian College’s Youth Exposure to Skilled Trades Program, a mobile training centre that was based on the Whitefish River First Nation in northern Ontario. The 38-week program was a partnership between Cambrian, the First Nation, and ON’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI). Students spent the first 30 weeks working in-class on completing grade 12 graduation requirements, upgrading, and taking college-level courses; 8 weeks were spent learning introductory skills in the mobile training unit geared towards trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and welding. The students will now complete a 2-week job placement. “The program gave me the opportunity to get my Grade 12,” said one student. “I have tried before, but the program really helped. I’ve always been interested in the trades too so it was a win-win.” The mobile training lab is a 53-foot trailer that deploys to provide almost 1,000-square-feet of instructional space. Cambrian News | Manitoulin Expositor