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New pilot project to help students transition from co-op to careers in the skilled trades

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – A new program is launching in Guelph that will give students the tools to make successful transitions to careers in the skilled trades.

The Summer School Skilled Trades Co-op is a brand new program available to students in the Upper Grand District School Board, in partnership with 2nd Chance Employment Counselling. The co-op consists of six weeks in class (once per week in the evening), followed by a four-week work placement. 

The pilot program has many benefits to students looking to start a career in the skilled trades. Students will explore the realities and opportunities of the modern workplace, while refining their employability skills and earning two high school credits.

Program participants will also benefit from being guided by a teacher-coach with a tech background who will assist them in the classroom and help them make a smooth transition into the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to choose their placement from a number of different employers and will spend time in a supportive environment with other students with a similar interest in the skilled trades.

The program is open to all UGDSB students in grade 12/12+ with an interest in the skilled trades, particularly in manufacturing, construction, motive power and the service industry.

Registration for the program is from Feb. 19 to March 29, 2019. For more information, visit the UGDSB website:

For more information, contact Ron Aimola at [email protected].

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