OTTAWA, Ontario-The time was right. So was the cost. Faced with having to lay off a tire service worker during his dealership's traditional seasonal slowdown, Don Frisby suggested the employee use the time to his advantage by enrolling in Kemptville College's tire, wheel and rim apprenticeship training program. The young man, with Frisby Tire Co. Ltd. three years, did just that.
So did another employee Mr. Frisby described as ``an up-and-coming type-an intelligent guy who really wants to get ahead.''
``We're always looking to upgrade the image of the independent tire dealer to give us any advantage we can over our competitors,'' explained Mr. Frisby, a director with the Ontario Tire Dealers Association and head of its education committee.
The apprenticeship is ``one way to do that-to make the public aware that the guys changing tires at an independent dealership are trained to do their jobs,'' he added. ``They're not just guys who are used to doing something else.''
The fully government-funded apprenticeship teaches workers how to do their job to industry standards, Mr. Frisby said. ``The old way of a guy in the business 20 years who's showing a young guy how to do things-that's sometimes not the best way.''
Founded in 1920, Ottawa-based Frisby Tire is a family-run commercial/retail dealership.