Before COVID-19, we would not think twice about sharing items with others. But in 2020, even the small act of sharing a shop tool with a colleague can pose a risk.

With this risk in mind, Camosun College reached out to the Ed Coates Memorial Foundation (ECMF). “Sharing tools and working on cars together was part of the daily norm before COVID-19,” explains Patrick Jones, Automotive Instructor with Camosun, Vancouver Island’s largest provider of trades training. “The college is really grateful to the Ed Coates Memorial Foundation for their generous support for our students as we all adapt to these challenging times.”

The donation by the Ed Coates Memorial Foundation of 12 full-set toolbox sets means apprentice students can now focus on completing their practical skills.

Trades students, including automotive students, are back on campus for hands-on training with new guidelines, rules, and physical distancing to keep everyone safe. Theory work continues to be delivered online with a live, instructor-led class.

– Original story by Camosun College.