PAT’s Cambridge campus is located inside the brand new CLAC Member Centre and head office (Image source: CLAC)
Did you know that PAT has campuses in both Toronto and Cambridge, Ontario? Or that the new Cambridge location is also the head office for the CLAC union?
If you live in the area, and are comparing local trade schools, it’s time to take a closer look at PAT’s state-of-the-art Cambridge campus.
Here are 5 things you should definitely know about this location, including available trades programs, career services, facilities, and more.
1. PAT’s campus in located inside the new CLAC Member Centre
In November 2016, PAT moved into a brand new campus, located at 45 Commerce Court in Cambridge. The campus is actually set up inside the new CLAC Member Centre—a state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot building.
CLAC uses the building as its head office, member centre, and training facility. PAT is lucky to have a big portion of the space, where we deliver the region’s highest quality construction trades training.
The opening of the CLAC centre/PAT campus on November 10, 2016 was a major Cambridge event. It was attended by numerous political and community members, including Minister of Labour, the Honourable Kevin Flynn, who delivered the keynote address.
2. This is the second PAT campus in Cambridge
PAT has been offering trades training in Cambridge for years. You might be familiar with the old campus, which was located on Saltsman Drive.
The big move into the CLAC building represents a major upgrade, into a larger and more well-equipped space for students to learn.
3. PAT Cambridge offers the same programs as PAT Toronto
Some students don’t realize that PAT offers the exact same programs in Cambridge and Toronto. There is no difference between the training and student services available at these two campuses.
Cambridge students can choose from a variety of pre-apprenticeship, construction, and safety training programs, including:
- Construction and Maintenance Electrician
- Electrician and Network Cabling Technology
- Gas Appliance Service Technician
- Heating and Ventilation & Advanced Gas Technician
- Network Cabling Specialist
- Construction Office Manager
- Gas Technician 3
- Gas Technician 2
- Working at Heights
- Lockout and Tagout
4. Small Class Sizes Allow One-on-One Training with Expert Instructors
PAT’s Cambridge campus has less than 50 students. This means you can expect plenty of hands-on training, and personal attention from instructors.
Every PAT instructor is a specialist in their field, with many years of industry experience. Your training is focussed on the skills today’s construction employers want most in new hires.
Every day, instructors evaluate students’ technical progress and employability skills, grading them on key areas, such as:
- quality of workmanship
- completing tasks on time
- knowledge of theory, processes, and procedures
- verbal and written communication skills
- technical terminology
- correct use of safety equipment
- customer service skills
- leadership ability
PAT students get personalized instruction from industry experts
5. Every Cambridge student gets employment support from a career specialist
PAT has a very effective career development program. Every student at the Cambridge campus goes through coaching to help them secure employment after training, and build successful trades careers.
Students take a 4-hour workshop, explaining exactly how to craft a persuasive resume and cover letter, and apply for apprenticeships and jobs after school. The workshop also covers:
- how to conduct an effective job search online (each student must locate 5 jobs they can apply to)
- how to approach and talk to potential employers
- information about CLAC and Merit Ontario
- how to create an “elevator pitch”, which quickly summarizes why an employer should hire you, in just one or two minutes
Before graduating, each PAT student meets individually with Christine Azevedo (Associate Director of Career Services). Together, they finalize the student’s resume.
One week before graduation, Christine uploads all student resumes to a job link employment board. She also sends CLAC resumes of students who meet the 75% employability grade, which are added to CLAC’s job board.
Finally, Christine sends out students’ resumes to local companies who often hire PAT graduates. She also checks construction job listings on popular sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, Job Bank Canada, YMCA, and Career Foundation—and sends out students’ resumes to those employers.
PAT goes above and beyond to help students land their first jobs after training.
6. Many local Cambridge companies have hired PAT graduates
Want to stay and live in Cambridge after completing your trades training? You’ll find many job opportunities in the area. Some examples of local employers who have hired PAT graduates include:
- Tech Forward Appliances (Guelph)
- Reliance Home Comfort (Cambridge)
- Comfort Air (Waterloo)
- Hammond Plumbing (Kitchener)
- BWXT Canada (Cambridge)
- MRJ Mechanical (Tri-City)
- Integrity Refrigeration (Guelph)
- O’Connor Electric (Kitchener)
- Ramkey Communications (Brantford)
- CJ Plumbing (Cambridge)
- ECI (Cambridge)
PAT is also an official partner of CLAC and GVCA (Grand Valley Construction Association) in Cambridge.
Interested in learning more about trades training at PAT’s new Cambridge campus?
You can arrange a campus tour, meet with admissions, or come out to an information session.
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