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Ontario Erectors Association

Trades Today | Summer 2015 Issue

Volume 2 Edition 2 is out!



Brought to you from the Ontario College of Trades.

Inside this issue:


From Kabul to Toronto

Joshua Agius is a 27-year-old Toronto resident and registered apprentice in the drywall, acoustic and lathing applicator trade. After a tour in Afghanistan, the military veteran built a career in the trades. Read the full story on pg. 2. 

All in the family

“Once you’re in the trades you have so many opportunities to be able to keep evolving. The trade evolves and you evolve with it,” says Andrew White. His cousins agree. Read about one family’s passion for the skilled trades. Read more on pg. 4.

Future skilled trades professionals shine at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Student competitors demonstrate once again that the future of Ontario’s skilled trades industry is a bright one. Hear from the students who attended this year’s competition. Turn to pg. 8 for more details.

WESTbound for greatness

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) has been a staple in Windsor, Ontario since 1987. The non-profit organization caters to the needs of women facing significant barriers to employment opportunities, and works to help fill skill shortages in the Windsor-Essex region. Read more on pg. 10.

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