Luciano Di Loreto
Project Leader, Ont. Youth Apprenticeship Program
- Has been in the teaching profession for over 25 years.
- OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) Project Leader for the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the last ten years.
- Developed partnerships with local colleges and unions to create and augment the OYAP Accelerated programs thus providing opportunities for over two hundred students per year in a variety of different skilled trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, floor covering installer, construction craft worker, refrigeration and air conditioning, and painter and decorator
- Created and introduced the first state of the art OYAP website (www.oyaptcdsb.com) that included on-line registration for all students in OYAP through a seamless process that partnered school, teacher, student, school board, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
- Embraced the Skills Canada portfolio in 2006 when only 10 students participated from the TCDSB. Over 70 students in 30 different categories represented the TCDSB in 2013, many of them provincial and national medal winners
- Winner of the prestigious Skills Canada Glenn Beatty Award in 2009
- Winner of the Ontario School Counsellors Association Career/ Life Skills Resources Award for Excellence in Career Education in 2012
- Makes over 50 presentations per year to thousands of students throughout the Greater Toronto Area promoting the skilled trades via OYAP and Skills Canada.
- Established the annual TCDSB OYAP Leadership Conference highlighted with the return of highly successful graduates of the OYAP program who now work locally and abroad.
- Initiated the WENTT (Women in Non Traditional Trades) Conference and Discovery Days for female students across the Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Highly proud of the Industry Certification Week where students in the OYAP Accelerated programs receive training and certification in their designated areas such as Customer Service Excellence, 30 Point Safety Inspection, WHMIS Training, and Fall Protection.
- Assisted in creating and pioneering the province wide recognized Mission Possible presentation geared specifically for educators that focuses on de-stigmatizing the myths that surround the skilled trades
- Extremely proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by all the teachers at the TCDSB and the support of all administrators to encourage students to seek the ‘pathway of their passion’. As educators, a student’s love for their work is our greatest signature of success.