By Raisha Karnani
Hinton, Alberta -- May 25, 2012 -- “It just started out as a job opportunity, and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made,” says Tyler Hore about beginning his career in the collision repair industry. Hore will be the Canadian Car Painting representative at WorldSkills 2012 in Germany.
|Duane Wilson, Tyler Hore and Jason Cumby, Refinish Team Leader at Cascade Collision ~ CSN.
At the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) 2012 from May 13 to 16 in Edmonton, Alberta, Hore competed in, and won, the Car Painting competition after winning first place at the 2012 Provincial Skills Canada Competition in the same field.
“We got an e-mail saying that I could represent the shop and myself at a provincial-level competition,” says Hore. “I got a lot of support from the shop and my co-workers; they helped me a lot for the competition. They did the same at the national level. I owe a lot to this team, especially for this.”
“It’s still kind of sinking in,” Hore admits when asked about representing Canada at WorldSkills this year. “It’s so hard to believe, but it does feel pretty amazing to be considered the top apprentice in the country and to be representing Canada like this.”
Working under Duane Wilson at Cascade Collision ~ CSN in Hinton, Alberta, Hore feels that he has “come a long way, but I still have lots of learning to do and lots of fine-tuning of my own skills to do too.”
“Tyler’s always had a good attitude and he picks things up quickly,” Wilson says. “That kind of person goes hand in hand with the team environment of our shop, which allows our apprentices to be more advanced than apprentices in other programs and to work side-by-side with each other. We grow our own technicians by getting apprentices that have no experience, but as long as they have a good attitude and eagerness to learn, we want them. These apprentices turn out to be more advanced than other apprentices at other shops, just like Tyler.”
On his goals for the future, Tyler concludes, “I hope to keep pursuing this career. I’ve come a long way, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better – a better place, better shop, better people, all the knowledge that I’ve gained…it’s been amazing,”
We wish you the best at WorldSkills this year, Tyler. Make us proud.