Go Trades connects at-risk youth with jobs

Program helps students who might not graduate from high school
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/19/2007

Even though there’s a shortage of tradespeople in Ontario, many students can’t get jobs in the trades because they don’t have the experience. Some students are also at risk of not graduating high school at all when they reach the end of Grade 12 and are a few credits short.

Nearly six years ago, Kim Lutes-McKay saw these problems when she was on the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program committee.

“There was a recognition that there was a gap for a lot of young people with regards to their introduction to the trades,” said Lutes-McKay, who is manager of community employment resource services at Oshawa, Ont.-based Durham College’s Job Connect.