Kal Tire backs skills training

Vernon-based Kal Tire has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to offer a Skilled 4 Success program for youth. - Photo submitted
Vernon-based Kal Tire has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to offer a Skilled 4 Success program for youth.
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With a national shortage in skilled trades forecasted, Vernon-headquartered Kal Tire is rolling out a new program with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

The partnership has created a national youth program called Skilled 4 Success, to provide essential pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training and job shadowing experiences for youth across Canada and specifically in the communities of West Kelowna and Kelowna.

Through a combination of in-club programs and off-site field trips, Skilled 4 Success offers both traditional and hands-on learning.

Teens between the ages 13 and 18 are provided with networking and job-shadow opportunities with skilled professionals at Kal Tire stores or other work environments.

“It is a privilege to be working with Kal Tire to offer such an amazing program to the youth in our community,” said Jen Carter, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Empowerment through Employment program co-ordinator.

“This opportunity will go a long way to giving them the skills and confidence they need to be successful in their careers in the future.”

There is a focus on skilled trades but teens are encouraged to explore a range of career options and identify their special talents. Skilled 4 Success teaches job search strategies, resume writing and general skills that can be applied in a range of careers.

After a successful launch of Skilled 4 Success last year, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club wanted to ensure that this opportunity was made available again for the youth in the community.

The past program saw 22 young people participate and it is hoped that similar numbers will occur during the program offering this spring.

Anyone youth interested in participating in future Skilled 4 Success Programs can contact Jen Carter (778-214-0331, or Brianne Gale (778-214-4134,


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