YAP graduation speech

On the 21st, I was a guest speaker at Youth Apprenticeship graduation. I was asked to speak from the perspective of a previous YAP graduate. My message based on my experience in Youth Apprenticeship with Innovatia was that things that you don’t want to do can always lead to unexpected opportunities. It went well.

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Here’s a quote from my speech:

“Through this program, I applied and was chosen for a position advertised by Innovatia, a division of Bell Aliant, and started working with computers. Because this company usually required specific experience and university degrees, I would never have been hired as a grade 11 student, without going through the Youth Apprenticeship Program.

“Upon returning from France, I continue to work with this employer. In a few weeks, I will enter my last year of university and know that the opportunity to have gained thousands of hours of paid work experience will be a tremendous asset as I pursue my first full time career.”

Okay, that’s enough quoting.

A particular emotional part of the ceremony was the speech and presentation of the Gregory Forbes Memorial Award. Understandably so, since it’s a dramatic story about how this youth apprentice was in the first group of students going through the program 12 years ago.

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