Toronto Community Housing Receives Outstanding Business Excellence Award
On October 23, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce presented Toronto Community Housing with the 2007 Outstanding Business Achievement Award for its work with the Carpenters' Local 27 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund. Toronto Community Housing was presented with the Skills Development Award for "embodying excellence and representing one of the many success stories in Ontario's business community."
The CHOICE (Career, Help, Opportunity, Incentive, Community, Employment) Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between Toronto Community Housing, hsi solutions, the Carpenters’ Local 27 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund Inc., the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and YMCA Employment & Community Services. The program is geared towards youth living in the Jane/Finch area, one of Toronto's 13 priority neighbourhoods. Youth learn about construction and home renovation under the mentorship and guidance of hsi solutions staff and members of the Carpenters’ Local 27 Union.
The goal of the program is to stimulate economic development in low-income communities while providing youth living in those communities with rewarding long-term career opportunities in construction. Since its inception in 2005, the program has had 38 graduates with over twenty going on to register as apprentices, find meaningful employment, and pursue further training to become carpenters. Investing in our youth through the CHOICE Program also helps to address the skills shortage in the construction trades.
The support of Toronto Community Housing, Carpenters’ Local 27 Union, hsi solutions, YMCA Employment Services, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities continue to make the CHOICE Program a success, as it enters into its sixth year. The Outstanding Business Achievement Awards were held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.