As host site of the program, Delfre said the trainees were able to help the non-profit museum complete various capital projects and renovations that the centre would otherwise have not been able to afford. Other work groups have made banquet tables, framed walls and fabricated cafe tables among other things. "It really is a win for us and a good experience for the students while Ontario Works trains them and gives them the tools to get jobs," he said. Delfre said the partnership also shows how resourceful a museum can be to provide learning opportunities to the community it serves and have its own needs met. Under the arrangement, the students are trained out of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre and taught using a hands-on approach under the leadership of Sault College instructors. On-the- job training as a volunteer takes place in the community for not-for-profit organizations, who would not otherwise be able to complete capital investments. A small daily food allowance is provided to the trainees. Graduates receive a certificate in building maintenance and construction. Karen Powe, 30, said the program is providing her with a great opportunity to improve her skills and find a job in the trades.
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