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Skilled4Success coming to Okanagan

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada have partnered with Kal Tire to create a new national youth program called Skilled4Success. With a national shortage forecasted in the skilled trades sector, the program is expected to provide pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training and job shadowing experiences for youth across Canada.

Skilled4Success is being implemented in 12 Boys and Girls Clubs across the country for teens between the ages of 13 and 18. They will have access to information about the skilled trades, provincially-regulated apprenticeship opportunities and career planning.

The two-phase program begins with a workshop setting from January through March, followed by a job shadowing experience at a Kal Tire store during February and March.

“Our Skilled4Success program, supported by Kal Tire, is built on Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s awareness of the shortage in the skilled trades sector and the importance of promoting this option to youth in our clubs,” says Pam Jolliffe, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

“Skilled4 Success will inform young people about the skilled trades, offer on-site job shadowing, reliable career planning information, and support in pursuing a certified apprenticeship.

“Of the many and varied programs Boys and Girls Clubs offer, this is the first to focus on skilled trades, an area we know already is in high demand and will continue to be so well into the future.”

The program is also designed to help youth gain skills for a career. In addition to mechanic or auto technician apprenticeship experience, Kal Tire offers other career opportunities for youth to explore, including everything from sales and service to operations and management.

“We are delighted to partner with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada,” says Kal Tire president Robert Foord.

“Kal Tire has a strong culture of training and developing our team members’ careers and being involved in an initiative that helps to better prepare youth for the workforce is a natural fit for us.”

The following Boys and Girls Clubs will be running the Skilled4Success program:

  • Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, Kelowna Club and West Kelowna Club, BC
  • Boys and Girls Club of Riverview, NB

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Hillside Club and Wintemute Club

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay, ON

  • Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough, ON

  • Boys and Girls Club of Whitehorse, YT

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, South Side Teen Centre, BC

  • Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown, PE

  • Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area, AB

  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham, ON

  • Gander Boys and Girls Club, NL

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, ON

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