Our highly anticipated return to Moose Factory and Moosonee was a huge hit, marking another successful endeavour to address the pressing trades shortage in the region. This initiative was completed in partnership with the Moose Cree First Nation and Support Ontario Youth (SOY) to help empower local communities with skilled trades opportunities.
Building on the previous year's positive experience, Tools in the Trades embarked on a journey to Moose Factory and Moosonee, bringing together a diverse group of participants from the entire community. In Moose Factory, the event saw a combination of high school students from Delores D. Echum Composite School and enthusiastic community members, including a large number of participants from the Public Works Department, coming together at the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Centre, hosted by the Moose Cree Training and Employment Unit. Meanwhile, Moosonee welcomed community members to Northern Lights Secondary School.
The focus of both Boot Camp events centred on mechanical/industrial, millwright, and transportation technology, with a specific emphasis on a small engine rebuild. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and receive essential employability training. Each participant received a fundamental starter toolkit, allowing for immersive learning with tools commonly used in the trades. They also participated in an employability session to better understand the attributes sought after by employers, as well as hone their resume and interview skills.
The Tools in the Trades team had the privilege of exploring Moose Factory and learning about its rich history through a tour organized by the Moose Cree First Nation Tourism Office. This experience deepened our appreciation for the land and its people, making our trip a truly unforgettable one.
Thanks to everyone who made this event such a huge success! If you are interested in attending a Boot Camp in your area, reach out for more information or click on the “get started” button at the top of your screen. We are also always looking for employers who want to get involved. If that’s you, check out our “employers” tab for more information