A Comox Valley Schools trades student works closely with a Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School shop teacher. Workplace experience within the school district and throughout the local business community has enabled youth to gain a broader experience with hands-on learning opportunities. Photo courtesy Comox Valley Schools

A Comox Valley Schools trades student works closely with a Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School shop teacher. Workplace experience within the school district and throughout the local business community has enabled youth to gain a broader experience with hands-on learning opportunities. Photo courtesy Comox Valley Schools

Comox Valley business community supports trades students

Comox Valley Schools commends local business owners and staff for being an integral and supportive part of the training journey for many District students pursuing career opportunities in the trades industry.

Each year, secondary trades students work within their community at local companies, whether paid or unpaid, to explore career pathways and gain valuable experience in the trades industry such as carpentry, electrical, welding, fabrication, and mechanics.

Along with the support of the local business community, these work placements give youth hands-on learning experiences, industry knowledge, and specialized skills, all of which lead to a more enriching education experience outside the classroom. In addition, students develop valuable interpersonal communication skills needed in supporting customers, or between co-workers and with supervisors.

Blake Konschak, G.P. Vanier Secondary student, recently completed a 100-hour placement with DN Auto during his Grade 11 year. Prior to the trades sampler program, he was not entirely certain which career path to follow.

“The work experience was a really nice stepping stone, and it all came together for me this year,” said Konschak. “Everyone [at DN Auto] was super friendly, and I had a good time and learning experience. It was a good introduction to become an automotive mechanics.”

From a parent’s perspective, Sandra Gadd acknowledged how beneficial the program has been for her son Morgan, enrolled at Mark R. Isfeld in the metal mechanical program.

“It was a dream come true for him to get that kind of on-the-job experience at Edgett Excavating. He’s had minimal actual work experience before because his disabilities have meant he has had to complete classes throughout each summer,” expressed Gadd. “I’d like to thank [the District] for the opportunities the program and support have given him. Morgan is so much more confident about his future after high school now.”

“Comox Valley Schools acknowledges and thanks all the businesses that supported our Trade Sampler Program this year,” reads a statement from the school district. “Without their contribution that our District relies on each year we could not successfully support students in their career pursuits in the trades industry throughout British Columbia.”

• Benco Ventures

• Rideout Construction Ltd.

• Pacific Air Mechanical

• ServiceMaster Restore

• AFC Construction

• Alpine Concrete

• Andrew Sheret Ltd.

• KEB Construction

• Cameron Contracting

• Horizon Energy Systems

• Coastal Pacific Mechanical

• Killops Electrical

• Aroc’s Contracting Ltd.

• Boondock Development Ltd.

• Knappett Projects Inc.

• Mainroad North Island Contracting LP

• Canadian Tire

• Forbidden Mechanical

• Fountain Tire

• Seeco Automotive

• Randall’s Autobody

• DN Auto Corp

• Courtenay Mazda

• North Island Tractor Ltd.

• Courtenay Auto Repair Centre

• Mount Washington Alpine Resort – Maintenance & Facilities

• School District 71 – Maintenance & Facilities

• Westview Ford

• Kal Tire

• Dale’s Plumbing

• Atlas Manufacturing Ltd.

• CanWest Mechanical Inc.

• Ridgeline Mechanical Ltd.

• Edgett Excavating Ltd.

• JYD Plumbing & Gas Ltd.

• Dalron Systems Ltd.

• Forbidden Alloy Products

• CSN-Reliable Autobody

• T-Mar Industries Ltd.

• Coastal Welding & Metal Fabrication

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