There is no charge to enter into the TestDrive program, however, there may be expenses inherent in the participation of the program. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to, transportation to and from the work site.
There are several different components that make up the TestDrive Program. They are as follows:
The TestDrive Project Manager will present to a group of students selected by their teachers for their interest in the trades, or their participation in automotive classes or co-ops.
Students will complete a TestDrive application, cover letter and resume. They will be required to provide a teacher and community reference.
Applications will be reviewed by The Automotive Sector Council and the TestDrive Project Manager. Selection will be based on the students demonstrated interest, cover letter and teacher and community recommendations.
All interviews will be held at a central location, and conducted by a TestDrive representative, a school board representative and industry employers.
Family Orientation Session
Once a student is welcomed to the program, we will hold an information session for the students AND their parents. There are risks and responsibilities inherent in working in the automotive trades and it is important for both students and parents to be aware of this. This session will be facilitated by TestDrive and may include industry representatives as well as school board representatives, in order to answer any questions students and family may have.
NSCC training sessions
Students will receive safety training specific to the NSCC Automotive labs, and receive classroom and practical learning opportunities with experienced teachers and automotive professionals. They will also complete a Profile XT in order for TestDrive to connect them with an appropriate mentor.
There will be an evaluation component throughout the learning sessions. The evaluation will be based on the students demonstrations of work ethic, maturity, social awareness, but most importantly their safety awareness. Skills learned and time spent on tasks will be a key element to the evaluation during the placement portion of the program.
The co-op placement will begin with a 30 hour, unpaid portion, to familiarize the student with their employers surroundings, safety concerns, and equipment. After this period the 200 hour paid placement may begin.
||– Student/teacher presentation
||– Application deadline
||– Interview Prep Workshop
||– Family orientation, risk management session
||– NSCC Block 1
||– NSCC Block 2
||– Workplace Orientation (20hr)
||– Work Placement (200hr)
||– Closing Ceremony