JD Smith Provides Co Op Placement for Local High School

Apr 29, 2010

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to education opportunities, JD Smith entered a partnership, in 2004, with The Toronto Catholic District School Board to support the “Transportation Program” at James Cardinal McGuigan CSS. This particular school-work transition program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for direct entry into the work force immediately after high school. The students are able to complete their secondary school diploma or certificates required to allow entry into a specific industry. Overall they develop employability and industry-specific skills and obtain experience in the workplace. The hands on experience helps the students decide if they have chosen a rewarding career.

Mr. Derrick Siaw was such a co-op student. He started as a full-time employee at JD Smith in June of 2008 as a trailer mechanic apprentice. His apprenticeship began in March of 2008 as a co-op student under the careful training and sponsorship of our Maintenance Department.

Pictured here is last year’s coop student, Sherwayne Charles who is seen being presented with a cheque by Brian Death of JD Smith at the 2009 graduation ceremony for James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic Separate School. Sherwayne plans a career in auto mechanics as we were unable to convince him to stay with heavy trucks.

JD Smith is proud and committed to be an encouraging force in the successful implementation and development of programs that assist young students find their way to success in the transportation industry.