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Local trades teacher recognized for outstanding contribution to the Skilled Trades
Posted by Technical Training Group

 Mark Roth, Co-operative Education Department Head, Stratford Northwestern Secondary School and Technical Training Group (TTG) Welding Coordinator, has been selected to receive the Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame Award. Mark will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the skilled trades in Ontario at the “Building Futures…One Dream at a Time” Skills Canada – Ontario fundraising dinner being hosted at the Delta Hotel in Kitchener on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009. He was nominated for the Hall of Fame Award by Susan Young, Mitchell District Secondary School and Jaret Henhoeffer, Perth Community Futures Development Corporation.

One of Skills Canada – Ontario supporters was Klaus Woerner, the late founder of ATS (Automation Tooling Systems). His vision and courage in the engineering field and in his life has blazed a trail for future generations. One of Canada’s great entrepreneurs, Klaus made a significant and lasting contribution to the global automation industry founding ATS more than 25 years ago and to the thousands of young engineers and tradespersons from around the world who benefited from his commitment to apprenticeship training. Mark started his career working for Klaus as a mechanical designer in the mid-eighties and Klaus had a major influence on his career in education.

As a tribute to Klaus, Skills Canada – Ontario presents the Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of skilled trades and technologies. Advancement broadly includes invention, innovation or advocacy in education/training, entrepreneurship, industry or leadership.

Congratulations Mark on your Hall of Fame Award!

As TTG’s Welding Coordinator, Mark oversees Level 1, 2 and 3 of the Welder Apprentice Training program. TTG, a Ministry approved Training Delivery Agent for the Welder Apprenticeship program, has been instrumental in promoting skills trades’ training in Stratford and area.

In 2008-09, TTG piloted two Electrical pre-apprentice prep programs which were filled to capacity and is adding certification training to its roster. TTG also brings local youth into area high schools to explore careers in trades with hands-on projects through its FunTECH annual event and Skilled Trades Educational Partnership (STEP) week-long summer camps.

MEDIA are INVITED to call Mark Roth for more information at 519 275-7734 and Gail Smyth, Skills Canada – Ontario at 519-749- 9899 x 229 and are encouraged to run the story and a photo to recognize local area talent in advance of the award presentation.