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New video gives insight into skilled trades jobs

Toronto, ON -- Sept. 26, 2002 -- The Yves Landry Foundation, in partnership with Youth View Communications of Toro...


Toronto, ON — Sept. 26, 2002 — The Yves Landry Foundation, in partnership with Youth View Communications of Toronto, has produced a video/DVD series called Precision Decisions. It provides an up-to-date look at the manufacturing skilled trades and provides educators and students with an in-depth insight into careers that are essential to the manufacturing industry in Canada.

The seven trade-specific careers that are highlighted in the series include:

General Machinist
Industrial Welder
Mould Maker
Industrial Mechanical Millwright
Pattern Maker
Industrial Electrician
Tool and Die Maker.

“The biggest challenge to encouraging young people to enter the skilled trades is the lack of exposure and encouragement at the elementary and high school levels to consider skilled trades and technology as rewarding and stimulating career options”, said Manon Bouchard, director, education and training initiatives, Yves Landry Foundation.

Founded in 1998, the Yves Landry Foundation was established to advance technological education and skills training in order to resolve the skilled labour shortages facing Canadian industries. The Foundation is based on the vision of the late Yves Landry, chairman, president and CEO of Chrysler Canada Ltd., Windsor, Ont., from 1990 to 1998.

Landry’s aim was “to forge an enlightened partnership between industry and education, train a world-class pool of skilled manufacturing workers, technicians, technologists and engineers, and secure technological advantage in a rapidly changing world.”

A portion of the proceeds of the sales of this series will be given to the Yves Landry Foundation.

For more information, contact the Toronto-based Yves Landry Foundation, tel. 416-620-5464 or 1-866-232-4411, e-mail ylandryfund@apma.ca, or visit www.ylandryfund.org.