SHSM students complete inaugural Skid Steer & Excavator training program
October 8, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – Guelph students enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major programs have taken another positive step toward bolstering their employability following high school.
On October 1 and 2, nine College Heights Secondary School SHSM students took part in Skid Steer & Excavator certification training through Pro-Buy Safety Solutions in Guelph.
These courses provide students with theoretical and practical training in using these pieces of equipment to advance their skills in their specialized SHSM areas. This was the first time this specialized training was completed in the Upper Grand District School Board.
The students involved thoroughly enjoyed their experience and were highly successful in achieving the learning outcomes.
Instructor Robert Halfyard said he was impressed how quickly the students became competent at running the equipment, especially given that this was the first time the course had been taught at the school level.
“The advantage of having this certification, should the students seek this type of employment, they know basic safety procedures, inspections and have had hands on operation experience. This is beneficial as future employers recognize they have this training and they are better prepared to begin working,” he said.