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Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies are proud of all of our graduates and love sharing their stories. Antony Hanson attended the Halton Skilled Trades from May until June of this year to get his G3 license. He is now the owner and general manager of Canada Climate Services Inc. in Stoney Creek. Antony took the time to tell us why he chose an education at the Halton Skilled Trades Academy and decided to start his own business.
What made you decide to attend the Halton Skilled Trades Academy?
"I explored several other schools, but the format, staff, location, and cost at the Skilled Trades Academy were hands down the best."
What were the best parts of the Gas Technician 3 program for you?
"Tough question, there was a lot to like — the content, comradery and the instructor, John Spridzans were all top notch."
What made you decide to start your own business?
"I've always wanted to own my own business. I've always wanted to build something different, something special; a company that holds its employees and clients in the same high regard. I believe the key is having happy employees because happy employees make happy clients."
How did your education at the Halton Skilled Trades Academy help you start your own business?
"It provided a solid technical foundation from which to build upon. It gives me the flexibility to lend a hand in the field during peak times."
Do you employ any other Skilled Trades Academy graduates? Why to you think these grads make greay employees?
"Yes, we just hired one graduate, Rick Sifft, and we're extremely happy to have him aboard. Skilled Trades Academy graduates make great candidates because they have the foundation they need to hit the ground running. They come out needing only one thing: experience."
Why would you recommend the Skilled Trades Academy to others considering a career in the trades?
"If you're serious about entering the trade, the Skilled Trades Academy will get you a career in the skilled trades the fastest. Do your due diligence, check out other programs and I'm certain you will see the value the Skilled Trades Academy presents is second to none."
What is some advice you have for people who are thinking of attending the Skilled Trades Academy?
"Don't procrastinate. If you're on the fence, call and visit the school, talk to the instructors and I'm certain it will help you make your decision. You can have a career in 17 weeks — that's a small time commitment for a huge long-term pay off."
What advice do you have for people considering starting their own business in the skilled trades?
"Give it some serious thought. Owning your own business is not for everyone. At some point you're going to have to put everything on the line to succeed. It's a personal choice and for me, the rewards far outweigh the sacrifices. I'm lucky to have the support I do: a loving and supportive wife and family and a great business partner."