Partners

We are grateful for the contributions of our partners. TestDrive would not be possible without their efforts. 

      

   Automotive Industry Partners         

Thank you to our Participating Employers

The following companies have provided the TestDrive students with the invaluable opportunity of experience in the automotive workplace. We appreciate them opening their doors to our students.

   

              

                             

                 

 

   

 

                                                                                                           

Volunteers

Our volunteers have enriched the TestDrive program through sharing their knowledge, experience and even supplies. We cannot thank them enough.

  • Aaron Hebb Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes & Skills Canada Nova Scotia
  • Brent Gerrits Gerrits Collision
  • Anthony Grey Honda Regional Training Facility
  • Doug Dickie Nova Enterprises
  • Scott  Blakeney Atlantic Dodge, Atlantic Collision, Nissan Truro
  • Tomelise Pierce, Dave Simon, Jeff Ord Atlantic Cat
  • Mike Perrin CarQuest
  • Brian Slaunwhite Part Source
  • Dave Giles NSCC
  • Blenkhorns Auto Recyclers Ltd

Automotive Sector Council’s TestDrive program is funded through a Workit Grant with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.
TestDrive would not be possible without their support.
TestDrive is also funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Students

Career decisions do not come easy to most individuals. A career in the trades can offer a challenging career with competitive wages and the satisfaction of working with your hands on the latest automotive technology. The TestDrive program offers a stimulating experience in the automotive trades to help you steer your future in the right direction!

2016 Application deadline is:

HRSB: December 15, 2015

CCRSB: December 18, 2015

Other dates of interest:

Interview-preparation workshop:
February 10, 2016 HRSB
February TBD CCRSB

Interviews:
March 2-4, 2016 HRSB
TBD, CCRSB

 

Once the forms are completed, please email them to testdrive@AutomotiveSectorCouncil.ca or fax them to (902) 465-5734

The Test Drive program offers you the chance to work in a variety of different automotive trades, while earning 3 high school co-op credits, 300 apprenticeship hours, and NSCC scholarship opportunities.  And to top it all off, you'll get paid for a portion of your summer work placement!

Do you have questions about the program? Please see our FAQ for the answers you seek.

You are eligible for the TestDrive program if you:

  • Are in Grade 10 or 11
  • Will be 16 years of age, as of May 1, 2016
  • Are Registered in Co-op or O2 program (or will be registered 2nd term) or are in an Automotive Trades program at your school (Currenly Halifax Regional School (HRSB) and Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB). 
  • If you are not part of Co-op, O2 or Skilled Trades programs, you are still eligible to participate in the TestDrive program. Please speak to the Co-op or O2 teacher at your school (HRSB and CCRSB).

Parents

The goal of Test Drive is to give students exposure to different automotive trades which will assist students in career decisions.

  • Automotive Service Technician (AST)
  • AST (Service Station Mechanic)
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal & Paint)
  • Automotive Painter
  • Parts Person
  • Automotive Glass Technician
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic

The Automotive Sector Council is working together with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, NSCC, Automotive Industry Employers, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Various School Boards to offer students a unique learning experience.

Because of the partnerships we've made and the co-operative nature of this program, we are able to offer your child industry specific safety training, customized mentorship, which will result in transferrable hours towards an automotive apprenticeship.

Students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are in Grade 10 or 11
  • Will be 16 years of age, as of May 1, 2015
  • Are Registered in Co-op or O2 program (or will be registered 2nd term) or are in an Automotive Trades program at your school (Currently Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) and Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB).
  • If you are not part of Co-op, O2 or Skilled Trades programs, you are still eligible to participate in the TestDrive program. Please speak to the Co-op or O2 teacher at your school (HRSB and CCRSB).

For more information, check out Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Project Manager, Whitney Kerr at 1-877-860-3805 or testdrive@automotivesectorcouncil.ca.

Teachers

The goal of Test Drive is to give students exposure to different automotive trades which will assist students in career decisions.

  • Automotive Service Technician (AST)
  • AST (Service Station Mechanic)
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal & Paint)
  • Automotive Painter
  • Parts Person
  • Automotive Glass Technician
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic

The Automotive Sector Council is working together with NSCC,  Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, and Various School Boards to offer students a unique learning experience. Because of the partnerships we've made and the co-operative nature of this program, we are able to offer your students industry specific safety training, customized mentorship, which will result in transferrable hours towards an automotive apprenticeship.

Students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are in Grade 10 or 11
  • Will be 16 years of age, as of May 1, 2016
  • Are Registered in Co-op or O2 program (or will be registered 2nd term) or are in an Automotive Trades program at your school (Currently Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) and Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB).
  • If you are not part of Co-op, O2 or Skilled Trades programs, you are still eligible to participate in the TestDrive program. Please speak to the Co-op or O2 teacher at your school (HRSB and CCRSB).

How you can get your students involved in TestDrive:

  • Tell your students about the program
  • Contact Project Manager for a classroom presentation
  • Attend information session with interested students
  • Distribute applications
  • Collect completed applications with references and send them to the Project Manager

Teachers, please contact your school's co-op or O2 teacher to recommend a student.

Co-op and O2 teachers, please contact your career based learning consultant to get your students involved in this program.

Follow the guidelines for cooperative education as outlined in the Co-operative Education Guide (2014)

For more information, check out Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Project Manager, Whitney Kerr at 1-877-860-3805 or testdrive@automotivesectorcouncil.ca.

Employer

Deciding to become a mentor is an important step to invest in your future. Sharing your knowledge and skills will have a huge impact on industry workforce planning and longevity.

It will also:

  • Renew your Workforce
  • Build a strong Economy
  • Be a Good Corporate Citizen

What is Mentorship?

Mentorship is the process where an experienced worker (mentor) works with and educates a less experienced worker (student) to help foster skill development and professional growth. The mentor shares his/her skills, knowledge, techniques, best practices and experience to provide a comprehensive hands-on training experience for the student.

As a Mentor you will:

  • Demonstrate to the student technical and non-technical skill sets and best practices
  • Guide and navigate the student through their co-op placement
  • Help create a trusting relationship, respect confidentiality and show respect for the student's interest in learning
  • Motivate the student to achieve success through positive comments and feedback
  • Work with the student and their school's co-op teacher to report on student's progress and assist with evaluation of student's performance
  • Refer apprentices to access information
  • Be patient and encourage dialogue

Employer Benefits

  • Access to a pool of young and local employees
  • Train student to shop standards
  • Introduce a student to a positive culture of training in your workplace, increasing loyalty
  • Greatly increase your opportunities to retain valuable employees.

Journey-Person Benefits

  • Provides opportunity to share best practices
  • Builds a productive and supportive team environment
  • Creates opportunity to become certified mentor
  • Adds recognition as top performer
  • Creates potential to earn more money

FAQ

Who is eligible?

The TestDrive Program is designed primarily for students enrolled in Options and Opportunities and Co-operative Education courses that focus on Automotive/Trade/Technology and Community-Based Learning courses. However, all students in participating school boards are eligible for the TestDrive program if they:

  • Are in grade 10 or 11
  • Will be 16 years of age, as of May 1, 2015
  • Are Registered in Co-op or O2 program (or will be registered 2nd term) or are in an Automotive Trades program at your school.
  • If you are not part of Co-op, O2 or Skilled Trades programs, you are still eligible to participate in the TestDrive program. Please speak to the Co-op or O2 teacher at your school.

What is the goal of the program?

Students will:

  • Be exposed to the work practices, tools and equipment relating to a variety of automotive trades
  • Receive industry standard safety training
  • Learn the steps to becoming an automotive apprentice
  • Experience learning from a journey-person/mentor
  • Complete 200 hours of mentored work experience,
  • Earn 300 hours towards youth-apprenticeship if the student decides to continue his or her training
  • Be paid an industry standard wage for your efforts

How much will it cost?

There is no charge to enter into the TestDrive program, however, there may be expenses inherent in the participation of the program. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to, transportation to and from the work site.

Where will the training be held?

All training and work will be conducted within the metropolitan area of Halifax Regional Municipality. Exact locations will depend on the participation of our partners.

How will the program work?

There are several different components that make up the TestDrive Program. They are as follows:

Pre-Application Process

The TestDrive Project Manager will present to a group of students selected by their teachers for their interest in the trades, or their participation in automotive classes or co-ops.

Application Process

Students will complete a TestDrive application, cover letter and resume. They will be required to provide a teacher and community reference.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by The Automotive Sector Council and the TestDrive Project Manager. Selection will be based on the students demonstrated interest, cover letter and teacher and community recommendations.

Interview Process

All interviews will be held at a central location, and conducted by a TestDrive representative, a school board representative and industry employers.

Family Orientation Session

Once a student is welcomed to the program, we will hold an information session for the students AND their parents. There are risks and responsibilities inherent in working in the automotive trades and it is important for both students and parents to be aware of this. This session will be facilitated by TestDrive and may include industry representatives as well as school board representatives, in order to answer any questions students and family may have.

NSCC training sessions

Students will receive safety training specific to the NSCC Automotive labs, and receive classroom and practical learning opportunities with experienced teachers and automotive professionals. They will also complete a Profile XT in order for TestDrive to connect them with an appropriate mentor.

Evaluation

There will be an evaluation component throughout the learning sessions. The evaluation will be based on the students demonstrations of work ethic, maturity, social awareness, but most importantly their safety awareness. Skills learned and time spent on tasks will be a key element to the evaluation during the placement portion of the program.

Work Placement

The co-op placement will begin with a 30 hour, unpaid portion, to familiarize the student with their employers surroundings, safety concerns, and equipment. After this period the 200 hour paid placement may begin.

Students will receive a certificate of completion at the 2014 Annual Automotive Industry Awards Evening.

General Timeline

December 9, 2014 – Student/teacher presentation
December 17, 2014 – Application deadline
February TB, 2015 – Automotive Industry Awards Night
February 18, 2015 – Interview Prep Workshop
March 2,3,4, 2015 – Interviews
April 8, 2015 – Family orientation, risk management session
May TBD, 2015 – NSCC Block 1
June TBD, 2015 – NSCC Block 2
July 2-4, 2015 – Workplace Orientation (20hr)
July 7th - August 7th, 2015 – Work Placement (200hr)
August 8th, 2015 – Closing Ceremony
February 2016 – Automotive Industry Awards Night

 

Click for more information about our partners:

Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia, www.automotivesectorcouncil.ca

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency http://nsapprenticeship.ca/agency

Department of Education, www.ednet.ns.ca

Halifax Regional School Board www.hrsb.ns.ca

Nova Scotia Community College www.nscc.ca

Careers in Trades (Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills Canada), www.apprenticetrades.ca

Youth Apprenticeship at: http://workitns.ca

Helpful Resources for Career Development

Contact

Whitney Kerr, Project Manager

testdrive@automotivesectorcouncil.ca
192 Wyse Road, Suite 8
Dartmouth NS B3A 1M9
Toll Free: 1-877-860-3805
Telephone: (902) 464-0168
Fax: (902) 465-5734