Students in the Regina Trades and Skills Centre painting program are getting themselves ready for themselves for the rest of their life.
Students are painting a daycare centre in the northwest end of the city as part of their training.
Their instructor, Eugene Frigon, said this experience is all about preparing them for the demands of the real world.
“After next week, they’ll be placed with a company looking to hire, we don’t want to place them with that doesn’t want to hire,” he said. “So, they will go out for two weeks, work for a company and then the company at the end of the two weeks can decide to keep them or not to keep them.”
Frigon noted their current project training is perfect for all parties involved. The students get an opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a hands on environment, while the daycare centre gets a free paint job.
Speaking on a personal level though, Frigon notes it’s experiences like this which make him feel rewarded and proud of all the students from all backgrounds who come seeking a career direction.
“One of my students from before was a chemical engineer,” he said. “Didn’t qualify for his papers here, took the course and a few years later, he’s got his own painting company.”