Apprenticeship fair held by the Quebec Division of AIA Canada

Montreal, February 19, 2018 – Spurred by the success of its first two apprenticeship fairs, AIA Canada’s Quebec Division held a third fair on February 13th, 2018 at the Centre de formation de l’Argile (Argile Training Centre) in Joliette.

The purpose of the event is to showcase the aftermarket industry to near future automotive mechanic graduates and to put them in contact with owners and managers of repair and maintenance shops in the area that are able to offer them apprenticeship opportunities.

The employers attending the Joliette fair represented Bestbuy Distribution, Canadian Tire, Monaco Group, Vast-Auto and Uni-Select. The apprenticeship fair was a great opportunity for graduates looking for an automotive shop as an end-of-studies apprenticeship. Their education program requires graduates to complete a three-week unpaid apprenticeship in the industry to obtain their Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS).

The event was organized by Mr. Patrick Saint-Pierre, in charge of workforce renewal at AIA Quebec, with the cooperation of Mr. Gabriel Fournier, director of the centre, and Mr. Luc Leclerc, a motor vehicle mechanics teacher. First, the shop owners and managers presented their businesses and talked about their needs. Then, they networked with the graduates and were able to select apprentices who could eventually become new employees.

During a visit at the Centre de formation de l’Argile, the employers had the opportunity to meet with the auto body instructors whose students also need to complete apprenticeships. AIA Canada provided them with apprenticeship application forms that will be sent within major stakeholder networks.

[caption id="attachment_18185" align="aligncenter" width="474"] A few of the employers attending the apprenticeship fair at the Centre de formation de l’Argile in Joliette on February 13th, 2018.[/caption]

About AIA Canada

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada is the national trade association that brings together the entire automotive aftermarket supply and service chain. AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry. To learn more, please visit

About the automotive aftermarket industry

The Canadian automotive aftermarket is a $21 billion industry that employs more than 388,000 people in communities across the country. The automotive aftermarket industry is composed of companies that manufacture, distribute and install automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools, and equipment.

For more information about the apprenticeship fair, interested individuals can contact Mr. Patrick Saint-Pierre at