Addressing the number-one complaint of the collision repair industry, attracting personnel, a free evening of information is being held tomorrow in Toronto. The event, being held Wednesday, May 14, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbus Centre in Toronto (Dufferin and Lawrence), will provide information on how to encourage new apprentices to the collision repair, autobody and auto refinishing industries as well as other pressing industry issues. Presentations will be made by: –Collision Industry Action Group on industry self-management, salvage vehicle branding and environmental shop assistance; –Toronto Training Board on their programs and offerings; –Canadian Paint and Coating Association on the need for more auto refinish painters; –SWAT team of the Ontario Ministry of Environment on their activities to date; –Shop owner and apprentice worker employer, Ralph D’Alessandro of 427 Collision; –and Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as well as Job Connect representatives.
The presentations promise to provide valuable information on the state of the industry and how to effect change: how shops can bring in more workers; how the agencies can offer incentives and opportunities; and how people can be involved in attracting and retaining more young people into a career with a great future in collision repair. For more information, please call the Toronto Training Board or CIAG at 1-800-318-(DENT) 3368.