Giving Dropouts a Second Chance
Ladder-Up/Échelle gives anglophone, francophone, and indigenous school dropouts a second chance to launch a good career. We accept youth referred by the juvenile justice system, the RCMP Youth Crime Prevention Program, the John Howard Society, and Social Services. We also accept some learning and physically challenged youth. Our goal is to create at least 100 net-new jobs for NEETs (not in education, employment, or training) in Greater Moncton and SE New Brunswick every year! Ladder-Up/Échelle gives trainees 720 hours of certified, real-life, hands-on instruction time. Graduates master the skills required to work safely and demonstrate they can be a valued team member. The change in attitude, motivation, and resilience between intake and graduation is dramatic. Students appreciate learning by doing and being respected for their honest efforts. Perhaps for the first time in years, they feel proud of themselves and look forward to the future with confidence and optimism. Virtually 100% of youth who have completed this training in the past have entered directly into employment, often in apprenticeships, or returned to school. COVID-19 will not impede Ladder-Up/Échelle graduates. Ladder-Up/Échelle is open, at no cost, to youth from all ethnic, religious, cultural, and racial backgrounds who, through circumstances often beyond their control or learning styles incongruent with traditional academics, have given up on school. Ladder-Up/Échelle is a lifeline offering legitimate hope of equitable access to a good career and lifestyle. For those willing to make a sincere effort, Ladder-Up/Échelle can be a portal from exclusion to inclusion. The economic and human consequences of converting those labeled as ‘losers’ to productive workers and engaged, contributing citizens are enormous. Ladder-Up/Echelle job/Life Skills and Trades Sampler Program Detailed lesson plans have been developed and approved by the Regional Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification office at New Brunswick Community College. The 18-week program comprises 20% academic skills and 80% practical, hands-on job skills training. Included are Essential Skills, Safe Work Practices (including all COVID-19 public health directives), and Employability Skills. Among the trades students will be introduced to are: Automotive Restoration and Service, Truck and Transport, Warehousing, Commercial Trailer, Carpentry, Building and Grounds Keeper, Building House Keeping and Maintenance, Basic Electrical, Welding, Metal Fabrication, Pipe Trades, Sheet Metal, and Heavy Equipment Technician. All Ladder-Up/Échelle Specialty Lions Club members are tradespeople or career and workforce development experts who, by charter, cannot accept payment for their voluntary mentorship work as Lions. They understand students whose learning styles do not align with traditional academic teaching approaches, because many were those students years ago, and they are aware of the critical need for more youth in the trades.