Cole Leon, a Lead Carpenter employed by First North Enterprise (FNE), was recently interviewed at a worksite at the Canadore Commerce Court Campus in North Bay, Ontario.
Leon gave his insight on the Building Construction Technician program at Canadore College, which he had completed prior to starting work in the trades, “I learned many basic skills and gained knowledge. The program gave me a great head start for my career.”
Canadore’s 2-year diploma program aims to provide students with the ability to complete building stages, from site layout and footings to the application of interior and exterior finishes, according to specification, as they relate to commercial and residential carpentry.
Leon decided to pursue a career in the construction industry after taking a secondary school wood shop course. Many Canadian high schools offer introductory technical training courses, the benefits of which are numerous: instruction to basic skills and mechanisms used in the skilled trades sectors, including safe use and handling of power tools, and completion of authentic tasks; exposure to the various career opportunities that exist within the skilled trades industry; and identification of pathways to apprenticeships and training programs.
Leon has completed multiple projects alongside FNE’s carpentry division, and states that he enjoys the variety of jobs in his role, which can be very beneficial by preventing repetitive actions throughout the day and increasing the amount of skills used by employees.
For more information on Canadore’s Building Construction Technician Program, click here.
Anthony Goulais is a student with Hard Hat Hunter. He is currently completing his secondary school education, and hopes to continue his education in business.
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