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By Mike Davey

Toronto, Ontario -- August 20, 2013 -- Entering the collision repair field today carries with it an imperative to commit to lifelong training. This was part of the message delivered today at the career fair held by AYCE Employment Services, a division of Tropicana Community Services, which saw a number of young people signed up for apprenticeships with collision repair facilities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The event took place at Metro Hall in Toronto, Ont. 

Marc Tremblay is Co-Ordinator of the Autobody and Collision Damage Repairer Pre-Apprenticeship Program for AYCE. He opened the career fair by noting this year’s AYCE class had the highest percentage of graduates to date, and took time to thank John Norris of Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) and Richard Marsh of Brimell Group Paint & Collision Centre~CSN for their dedicated support of the program over the last three years. 


Tremblay then took a few moments to announce two new official partnerships for AYCE. Sherwin-Williams has stepped up to ensure that the program’s graduates will have at least some of the tools they will need to move forward in their apprenticeships, providing them with sanders, polishers and a Snap-On kit. 
The second partnership is with I-CAR, and it should help graduates from the AYCE program to fulfill their commitment to upgrading their skills. A number of I-CAR courses will be brought into the AYCE program, for which students will pay a subsidized rate. In addition, AYCE students will be able to access a few courses completely free of charge. These particular courses may take students outside the realm of the purely technical and into such areas as cycle time reduction and inspections for quality control.  
Andrew Shepherd of I-CAR Canada took the podium after the announcement, noting that one of the advantages to Canadian management of I-CAR programs is that it allows the training organization to become involved with programs like AYCE. Shepherd provided the graduates with an industry perspective on changing technology and the importance of updating skills. He pointed out that collision repair used to be a craft, changing very little if at all from year to year. 
“Once you learned to section a B-pillar, you knew how to section a B-pillar,” Shepherd told the assembled graduates. “Over the last 10 years, that has changed enormously.”
Shepherd informed the students that they will have an imperative to upgrade skills and train for the rest of their lives, and that the profitability of their workplace depends on their skills. 
Tremblay then returned to the podium to briefly explain how the career fair would work. As graduates secured apprenticeships, their names and the companies they signed with would appear on the board. In fact, four students had already entered into apprenticeships with sponsoring collision repair facilities before the career fair began. 
AYCE would like to thank the numerous shops and individuals who have helped to bring the program to where it is today. For more information on AYCE, please visit

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