Woodbridge, Ont. — Sixty apprentices and 22 pre-apprentices graduated at this year’s College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT) ceremony held recently in Woodbridge, Ont.
About half of the pre-apprentices were from a pilot program called Creating Real Apprenticeships for Toronto (CRAFT), which "expands on the CHOICE pre-apprenticeship concept" by offering students practical work with subcontractors in a variety of trades, says Cristina Selva, executive director of the CCAT.
Some of the CRAFT students were placed with formwork contractors, others with electrical and plumbing contractors, Selva says.
CRAFT students, like CHOICE participants, are from high-needs neighbourhoods. They must complete three weeks of in-class and 10 weeks of on-site training.
Selva says based on the success of CRAFT's pilot, she hopes that the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development will approve funding for a second year.
CRAFT's partners include the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and the YMCA of Greater Toronto. It also has new sponsors — Toronto Employment and Social Services and the lead partner is the Daniels Corporation.
Among this year's crop of graduating apprentices are two women, Amanda Gallimore and Kerry Hill. The women are now Red Seal certified journeyperson carpenters.