Ben Poirier has always enjoyed working with his hands.
Over the past few months, the 19-year-old Oakville has gained valuable work experience working with contractor Bob Asadorian, of Triple R. Inc.
Working on a basement renovation in Mount Hamilton, Poirier has done everything from insulation and foundation repair to installing drywall, framing, tiling and flooring.
Asdourian, based in Stony Creek, is connected to Poiret through the Center for Skills Development, an independent charity that provides free, government-funded programs to help people at various stages of life achieve career success, according to its website. The Skills Development Center has offices in Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville and Milton.
“(The quarterback) is amazing,” Poirier said. “Doing renovations gives you a good understanding of basically everything in the house. I learn a lot of different things and get hands-on experience with it all, which is great.”
Poirier commuted to Hamilton from Oakville every day.
Complete a 20-week program at a skills development center called Get in Gear, which includes classroom and workplace experience.
“You do a combination of everything. You do machinery, electricity and construction. They try to give you a good understanding of what is available for you to do,” Poirier noted.
Asadorian was immediately impressed by Poirier’s work ethic and know-how.
“I’ve never had a student as educated and experienced as Ben for his age,” Asadorian said. “He knew how to operate a table saw. He knew how to use hand tools and a power multitool. He had drywall skills. That was a huge advantage to me as a business owner because he had that experience.”
Asadourian indicated that the teacher of Pourier came to the workplace and examined Asdourian’s papers to obtain the required certificates before starting the work experience.
Poirier is considering returning to the Skills Development Center next April to pursue his desire to become an electrician.
Poirier honed his skills by following the Asadorian 14 how-to home renovation program, “Just Ask Bob.” He also followed the Asadorian YouTube channel, which offers a database of educational videos.
To learn more about Skilled Trades Training partnerships with the Center for Skills Development, visit https://www.centreforskills.ca/.