The Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) presents the Skilled Trades Summer Camp for Youth, a cost-free summer training initiative aimed at helping young individuals develop workplace skills and have the opportunity to secure placement with employers.
This innovative program provides vital employability and workforce development training to 150 students from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The program is scheduled to run from July 4th to July 28th.
Our comprehensive curriculum immerses students in a range of topics, including employability training, financial literacy, and mental health and wellness. This approach equips them with essential knowledge, tools, and strengthens their leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
In addition, the program provides participants with necessary safety equipment such as safety helmets, safety boots, and other gear, all free of charge. The program paves the way for students to explore a rewarding career path in various industries and encourages them to consider opportunities in skilled trades.
The program curriculum is divided into three key components: Hard Skills, Soft Skills, and Wraparound Support. The Hard Skills module focuses on specific knowledge and technical skills required in specific career fields. Soft Skills instruction helps participants understand effective communication and problem-solving techniques with their peers. Wraparound Support covers any participant needs for transportation and personal protective equipment.
Using active learning projects, interactive workshops, and hands-on activities, the program stimulates the advancement and growth of participating students.
There is a mounting demand for workers in the skilled trades. TBDC aims to address this by fostering youth interest in this career pathway. Ontario is grappling with a severe shortage of skilled trades workers and this program introduces the skilled trades to young people as a satisfying, rewarding career with virtually limitless opportunities.
My name is Yasir, and I am from Winston Churchill. I am in the employability program by TBDC, and the program helped me a lot, and it taught me a lot about life and it taught me about the hazardous stuff around us and like electricity safety and CPR, which will help us a lot in life. I like the program because it teaches us and prepares us about life and things that we need to know that aren’t necessarily taught in school. TBDC’s summer program is helping me prepare for life after we graduate and teaching us a lot while improving my chances of employability.
My name is Moiz. I went to Winston Churchill. I was part of the Saturday program that TBDC had, as well as the current Summer program, and enrolling in this program was a decision I will never regret. It provided me with a lot of opportunities and skills, and I’m really grateful to [TBDC] for making it happen. So far, it has taught me many things about WHIMS and safety on the job site, and it gave me free work boots and other important life training and paid first aid and CPR training.
My name is Khadija. I was part of the Summer program at David & Mary Thomson, and this program taught me a lot, and I’m grateful for it. As the program continues, I am excited to learn new things; I hope to get a job from this.