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Carpenters’ program helps build up disadvantaged youth

by DON PROCTER 

Chiniqua Nelson, 23, has high hopes of becoming an apprentice in the trade of carpentry and she is taking a smart route to get there, she says.
Chiniqua Nelson is excited about the opportunities available to apprentices.
Chiniqua Nelson is excited about the opportunities available to apprentices. - Photo: Don Procter

Nelson is one of 11 young people enrolled in a carpentry pre-apprenticeship program operated through Dixon Hall, an outreach centre in Toronto.

In partnership with Carpenters Local 27, the City of Toronto and The Daniels Corporation, the eight-week program was tailored for disadvantaged students from low-income neighbourhoods. By covering carpentry basics, it aims to help students wanting to advance to apprenticeship understand what the trade is all about.

"This course touches on the things we're going to need to know on the job," says Nelson, who is the only woman in the course.

Carpenters Local 27 is providing instruction at Dixon Hall as well as at the Carpenters Local 27 Training Centre in Woodbridge. Along with safety sessions, the curriculum covers basic formwork, scaffolding, floor installation and framing.

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