Industry Tours for Educators

Almost six years ago, an original recommendation in the Annual Labour Market Plan, the DWA planned to organize an annual tour for secondary school teachers of local industries that represent Durham’s emerging growth sectors. (sustainable energy, automotive/transportation, IT, health and wellness, agriculture and biosciences)

This partnership provides an opportunity to have the front line business owner speak to industry trends, future employment prospects. Such tours are an attempt to curb negative out-migration of youth.

An early tour of Gerdeau
An early tour of Gerdeau

Over the years, the DWA has taken secondary school teachers on tours of Duffin Creek Water Treatment Facility, General Motors Centre, PR Engineering, Gerdeau Ameristeel, Ajax Municipal Operations, Algoma Orchards and St. Mary’s Cement.  The first tour had 35 teachers attend, last year we had 80.

Recently the DWA hosted 70 teachers and community partners from Literacy Service Providers and Employment Ontario Service Providers on our annual tour.  This year, the DWA explored the Small to Medium Sized business in the Region.  The companies toured were:  Halenda’s, Five Paddles, the Abilities Centre, Ball Packaging, 3 Steps Up Coffee House.

Tracy Hanson, Whitby Chamber of Commerce provided the key note address and shared updates on local up and coming small business.

The day was well received based on the incoming evaluations, the DWA will host the event again next year.

 

Teachers visiting Algoma Orchards
Teachers visiting Algoma Orchards