Students Learn Construction at Habitat for Humanity Build

 

On November 25, 2016, CTS partnered with the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards to provide mentorship opportunities for youth interested in the construction trades. Ten students enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) were matched with a CTS staff mentor for the day and participated in a Habitat for Humanity home building project. 

Habitat for Humanity Build

CTS staff and students had a fun and meaningful day at a Habitat site in Scarborough. Students were able to work beside and learn from professionals from the construction industry, and CTS staff were able to build relationships with the students, encouraging them to explore various career paths and opportunities in construction.

“It’s great to be able to give back to your community,” said Tyson Parker, CTS Property Coordinator. “We’re building a subway downtown, so to be able to take some of that knowledge and give it back to the people in your community is worthwhile.”

The OYAP is a school-to-work transition program that provides cooperative educational credits to full-time Grade 11 and 12 students through work placements in skilled trades. We hope to have inspired these students to work in the transit sector in the future and to continue to connect with their new mentors.

Habitat for Humanity Build

 “What excites me the most [about the trades] is that I’m learning something new every day. Each day is a different challenge and I get to wrap my head around it,” said Mitchell Ram, Grade 12 Plumbing Student at Father Henry Carr C.S.S.

Major infrastructure investments can also provide additional benefits for the community. By signing a Community Benefits Framework with the Toronto Community Benefits Network, Metrolinx is finding ways to serve communities along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT corridor with its construction partner, Crosslinx Transit Solutions.

If you are a student thinking about a career in the trades, visit www.oyap.com for more information about the OYAP program.