From left to right are: UCDSB director of education Ron Ferguson, chair of the board John McAllister, MPP Steve Clark, North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, UCDSB superintendent of schools Susan Rutters, TR Leger vice-principal Dave Fisher, principal of TR Leger Sandy McInnes, TR Leger learning partner Anthony MacKay. Courtesy Photo

KEMPTVILLE – This September is the beginning of the second Adult Training Program for adults hoping to upgrade their skills or acquire new ones in the Motive Power Trades.

A press release from the Upper Canada District School Board stated: “The Upper Canada District School Board’s TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education is offering the free trades training and apprenticeship opportunities for those interested in becoming a Truck and Coach Technician, Agricultural Equipment Technician or Heavy Equipment Technician.”

Kicking off this September, TR Leger is offering a 12-week hybrid program for people who are already registered as apprentices, and are completing their Level 1 Commercial Vehicle, and Equipment Apprenticeship certification as a Truck and Coach Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, or an Agricultural Equipment Technician.

Participants in the program will be completing theory lessons online, in their own time and at their own pace. They will also take part in classes on Fridays and every other Thursday at the newly established TR Leger Apprenticeship Centre at Kemptville Campus.

Registration is ongoing.

“A second program in this field starting in September, at the same location is the Commercial Vehicle and Equipment Pre-Apprenticeship Program. This program is aimed at adults with some knowledge and experience in the Motive Power Trades who are looking for apprenticeship training, and those who are considering a new career path,” said the school board press release.

What is unique about this program is that individuals will receive the 10-week in-class training for the Level 1 Commercial Vehicle and Equipment Apprenticeship and then have 12 weeks of paid work placements, four weeks in each sector.

“Skilled tradespeople are in high demand and these programs that we have developed with our community and industry partners will help address local labour shortages in the trades,” says UCDSB chair John McAllister. “These programs will help unemployed or under-employed people get experience in the trades that could ultimately lead them to well-paying jobs.”

Both adult programs are fully funded by the government, so there are no tuition fees or other costs associated with enrollment. Registration is open with space still available.

For more information please go the TR

Leger website, and fill out the contact form. Staff will reach out to you or call 1-877-875-3437 ext. 0. to register.