Cambrian College’s unique mobile classroom and trades lab is always on the road, bringing hands-on training to students in remote communities and to professionals on job sites. The trades training trailer is now deployed in Espanola, offering pre-apprentice carpentry students the opportunity to learn where they live and to develop valuable skills that they can build upon. Soon these students will graduate, and the trailer will move to another northern community to support new learners.
On Thursday, June 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., members of the community and the media are invited to experience first-hand how the trailer works and what it offers to communities, students, and employers. Students, professors, and staff will be providing demonstrations and answering questions about the trades, the trailer, and Cambrian in an “open house” format. Industry partners, educators, and representatives from local businesses are also invited to attend. The trailer is located at Domtar’s Espanola paper mill at 1 Station Road.
“Students living in remote communities want to develop their skills while staying close to home, so they can take advantage of opportunities in mining, construction, forestry, and other industries,” said Louise Turcotte, Associate Dean of Cambrian’s School of Skills Training. “Our trades trailer facility opens many doors to those students, and it offers solutions to businesses with corporate training needs. It’s so innovative that just being inside is an experience; and that’s why we’re inviting everyone to come to Espanola to see the trailer before it heads off to other locations in northern Ontario.”
Transported via tractor-trailers, the mobile trades training facility accommodates 16 trainees at a time and is equipped for instruction in a variety of skilled trades, such as welding, electrical, heavy equipment, truck and coach, machining, and millwright. The College unveiled its mobile training system, the first of its kind on Ontario, in 2009. The 53-foot long main expandable trailer deploys in minutes, and when connected to the two support trailers, creates over 1,800 square feet of classroom and lab space. The creation of the trades training trailer was made possible by a $2-million dollar gift from Vale in 2009.
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