Still in Session: Learning continues at Tropicana Community Services

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— April 7 marked the first day of class for Tropicana’s Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer 310B Pre-Apprenticeship Level 1 online learning program as virtual classes continue through the pandemic.

Five teachers from the Toronto District School Board and Essential Skills Upgrading have committed to supports the 20-strong class of 2020. Each instructor has been matched with a group of four students for mathematics and English classes, while Tropicana staff will aid students with their employability skills.

Through 12 weeks of technical training through Centennial College, applicants will find themselves building the skills necessary to find careers in the collision repair sector.

Tropicana says this year marked the most overwhelming response yet from youth aged 18 through 30 who were interested in the Auto Body program.

“Thank you to everyone who supported the program during our outreach efforts, including community partner agencies, the collision industry partners who included us in their initiatives and offered us booths to participate at conferences, and everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to help with the interview and selection process,” said the organization. “We are very grateful for your partnership and your continued support of our pre-apprenticeship program.”

“Special thanks to this year’s sponsors who continue to help make the program a success. We would not be able to succeed without your support,” said Suad Dualeh, coordinator of Tropicana’s pre-apprenticeship training program.

The organization plans to host its Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer L-1 job fair in August 2020.

Tropicana is also opening its virtual gates to industry members who wish to attend its online collision industry one-hour workshops, which can be tailored to the needs of your business. The workshops allow participants can learn the tools, techniques tips to increase their competency level⁠ and connect with youth in the industry, says Tropicana.

The workshops will continue through to May 2020. For more information, please contact Suad Dualeh at


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