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In April of 2018, TTG partnered with the Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) to deliver a modified version of TTG’s highly successful FunTECH Program called FunTECH AMDSB.
TTG’s FunTECH AMDSB is delivered at secondary schools throughout Huron-Perth and embedded during the school day. The goal of this program is to introduce youth at an early age to the opportunity for careers in the skilled trades through a series of hands-on trade and technology-related workshops.
The workshops are taught by AMDSB Technology Department Teachers, TTG instructors, local colleges (such as Fanshawe and Conestoga) and by community partners with the help of AMDSB Technical Student Volunteers. The student volunteers can secure community involvement hours through TTG (as a not-for-profit organization) while continuing to develop and apply their leadership and mentoring skills.
Participating elementary school students are able to select one, three-hour workshop that introduces them to a skilled trade or technology. Students are able to choose from a range of workshops such as Construction, Manufacturing, Welding, Culinary Arts, Robotics, Comm-Tech, Sewing, Masonry, Plumbing, Electrical and Cosmetology.
These workshops expose the students to various areas of technology and teach them how to use a variety of tools and equipment. At the end of the day, each student walks away with a project or product they have built or prepared themselves.
To date, TTG and AMDSB have delivered FunTECH AMDSB to over 1000 grade six students throughout Huron and Perth Counties.
TTG and AMDSB strongly believe that being exposed to experiential learning opportunities at an early age is often the key to inspiring young people to sign up for technical studies in high school. It also helps start discussions with their families about possible skilled trades- focused careers in the Apprenticeship Pathway. To learn more about the trades and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship visit OYAP.com and for more information on Pathways visit successforlife.ca.