After working his way up the management ladder of a locally owned health food store, Brody Huk, 24, found himself losing interest. He decided to move on from his business to find a niche in the skilled trades industry that he likes the most.
“I am that type of person who feels satisfied having something tangible at the end of the day,” notes Huk.
“It is so exciting to see a product that you created with some tools and the brain power you have developed from school and work experience.”
Huk chose to get his Millwright Machinist education at The Centre. “Training at The Centre appealed to me because of the amount of hands-on shop time we got and the accelerated nature of the program,” says Huk. “Being workplace ready in six months was amazing.”
Not only did The Centre empower Huk with the necessary skills, certifications and tools to be a strong contender in the job market, but also assisted him with his job search process. “Job search assistance coached me on interview skills, résumé writing, cold calling for jobs and gave me a lot of self-confidence,” says Huk.
The Centre was able to connect Huk with a job opportunity as a tool and die apprentice at a job shop. When he got hired, Huk utilized the tools that The Centre provided him. “That was the greatest thing,” says Huk. “My Dial Test Indicator is priceless. It allows me to establish a starting point for all my milling work; it helps me check for variations in concentricity on the lathe and allows me to dial in my machines to ensure they are accurate.”
Huk found that The Centre had “knowledgeable people with answers to every question.” He valued the practical experience offered by instructors that had worked in the field and he advises anyone interested in skilled trades to listen, learn and apply every lesson. “Don’t take shortcuts.”
For information on The Centre’s skilled trades programs, visit: thecentre.on.ca/skilled trades