National Apprenticeship Contest scheduled for Toronto

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Apprentices seen here participated in the National Apprenticeship Contest in St. John’s, Nfld., last summer. The event takes place next summer in downtown Toronto. Photo by Carlos Pimentel, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario

Special to the GTA Construction Report

Downtown Toronto will see a few more builders than usual for a few days next summer but they won’t be working on a highrise tower.

They crew comprising some of Canada’s top building trades apprentices will be participating in the 22nd annual National Apprenticeship Contest to be held at Roundhouse Park in downtown Toronto Aug. 21-23.

Apprentices in carpentry, drywall, millwright and floor covering trades will be competing against each other to build projects over the duration of the event.

“The purpose of the competition is to gain exposure to the skilled trades that are part of the carpenters union as well as to promote the skills that are required to be a successful apprentice,” says Colleen Dignam, provincial training coordinator, Carpenters District Council of Ontario (CDCO).

Apprentices seen here participated in the National Apprenticeship Contest in St. John’s, Nfld., last summer.  The event takes place next summer in downtown Toronto.  Photo by Carlos Pimentel, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario
Apprentices seen here participated in the National Apprenticeship Contest in St. John’s, Nfld., last summer. The event takes place next summer in downtown Toronto. Photo by Carlos Pimentel, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario

It will be organized by Locals 27 and 675 of the CDCO and Local 2309 of the Millwrights Regional Council of Ontario.

Contractors, government partners and other stakeholders see first hand the type of skills that are developed during an apprenticeship, says Dignam.

It is the second time that Toronto will host the event which was held in St. John’s, Nfld., last summer.

To find out more information about the 2014 National Apprenticeship Competition, contact Dignam at the CDCO at cdignam@thecarpentersunion.ca

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