Ladder-Up/Échelle Specialty

Lions Club



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Ladder-Up Specialty Lions Club, Inc. and Skills Canada New Brunswick (registered non-profits) plan to launch a Skills Centre of Excellence in Moncton. It will offer essential employment and life skills training in an 18-week trades discovery boot camp for indigenous, francophone, anglophone, and new-Canadian youths not currently in education, employment, or training. These young people are on the workforce sidelines. Between EI/SERB, social assistance, rehab, detox, juvenile justice, stressed and dysfunctional families, medication, and mental health services, they are an anchor to further prosperity for our region. But they represent a large local pool of potential talent for employers in Greater Moncton and southeast New Brunswick. With a ladder up from despair, with increased hope and self-esteem, with essential work and life skills, and with a sense of purpose and direction, most can be productive employees and contributing citizens. Lions Ladder-Up and Skills Canada NB have direct access to excellent journeyman trainers to whom our trainees will look up, and cadres of volunteers to mentor trainees. Lions cannot accept payment for services rendered to their community.

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Youth with less than high school education are particularly hard hit by COVID-19. In fact, workers with a high school diploma or less have sustained nearly half of the COVID-related job losses in Canada since February 2020.

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School systems are now urgently developing plans that respect COVID-19 public health directives for the 2020-21 school year. In New Brunswick, 50% of high school students will be in school and the other 50% will attend virtually, alternating every second day. Under COVID-19 with online, virtual academic lessons every second day, more students may give up.

Ladder-Up/Scale is for English, French and Aboriginal dropouts who want a second chance to create a bright future. We also accept youth referred by the courts and the juvenile justice system, the RCMP Youth Crime Prevention Program, the John Howard Society and Social Services. Our goal is to retrain youth who have stopped or been abandoned and who create at least 100 net new jobs in Greater Moncton and New Brunswick each year!

The 18-week program includes 20% academic skills and 80% hands-on and practical vocational skills training. Includes essential skills, safe work practices (including all COVID-19 public health guidelines) and employability skills. Among the trades students will be presented are: Restoration and Automotive Service, Truck and Transportation, Storage, Commercial Trailer, Carpentry, Building and Field Keeper, House Holding and Maintenance Building, Electrical Base, Welding, Metal Manufacturing, Pipe Trades, Sheet metal, Heavy Equipment Technician, Hologram Technician, and more.

Many Ladder-Up/Échelle Specialty Lions Club members are tradespeople or career and workforce development experts. By charter, we cannot accept payment for our voluntary mentorship work as Lions. Our members understand students whose learning styles do not align with traditional academic teaching approaches, because many of us were those students years ago, and we are aware of the critical need for more youth in the trades.

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Ladder-Up/Échelle is available, at no cost, to youth who have given up on school. It offers them a lifeline, or ‘ladder up,’ to equitable access to a good career and lifestyle. For those willing to make a sincere effort, Ladder-Up/Échelle is a portal from exclusion to inclusion. The economic and human benefits of converting those labeled as ‘losers’ to productive workers and engaged, contributing citizens are inestimable.


As a Ladder-Up/Échelle Specialty Lions Club member, I am proud to volunteer to mobilize educators, employers, community partners, and government agencies to make this program available to marginalized youth beginning in Spring 2021.