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Motive Action Success Story: Talal

Apr 06, 2020
Motive Action Talal success story

Talal proudly displays his scholarship with instructor, Kevin Lychak.Talal was working 20 hours a week at a food court restaurant when he applied to train at Motive Action. He didn’t feel there was any room to advance in that job.Talal appreciated the Youth Entry Level Automotive Trades training program he took. He liked the “hands-on learning, and having an...

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Motive Action Success Story: Vince

Mar 30, 2020
Motive Action Vince success story

Vince is happy to show off his scholarship!Before attending Motive Action’s Youth Entry Level Automotive Trades training, Vince was working as a cook for 30 hours a week at minimum wage. “It was an opportunity to get a much better job and earn more money than working in a fast food restaurant,” Vince said.“It was really exciting after I graduated from Motive...

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Motive Action Success Story: Lorenzo

Mar 23, 2020
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Lorenzo displays his scholarship at work!Lorenzo was working construction with fluctuating hours when he decided to apply to the Youth Entry Level Automotive Trades training program at Motive Action.“I was interested in being able to have a career that I was both interested in and paid well,” Lorenzo said. “I’ve been able to hold a job for more than a year, ...

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Motive Action closure in response to COVID-19 o...

Mar 16, 2020

Until further notice, Motive Action is temporarily suspending onsite training at our Calgary facility. This measure has been taken to follow the current COVID-19 containment recommendations of the Government of Alberta. Please feel free to contact us via email at info@motiveaction.com or phone (403) 287-3132 if you have any questions. Thank you. 

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Motive Action Success Story: Cori

Mar 16, 2020
Motive Action Cori success story

Cori proudly displays her scholarship at work!Before attending Motive Action, Cori had been providing care for a family member, but didn’t want to do this for a living.  Cori applied to many shops but had a hard time finding work in her dream job in the automotive trade.“Motive Action helped me learn and helped me get a full time job at a great dealership cl...

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Motive Action Success Story: Val

Mar 09, 2020
Motive Action Val success story

Recent graduate Val is all smiles as she shows off her Blue Book! Val, a recent graduate, was proud to visit Motive Action and show off her blue book as a recently registered Heavy Equipment Technician Apprentice.  We wish her luck in her ongoing studies.  Way to go, Val!We are excited to see the progress of our graduates. Check out Val's thoughts on enterin...

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Motive Action Success Story: Yahya

Mar 02, 2020
Motive Action Yahya Success Story

Yahya received his scholarship from instructor Kevin Lychak.Yahya was a part time taxi driver before he decided to attend Motive Action’s Youth Entry Level Automotive Trades training program. Yahya said he felt “it was a dead-end job with no possibility of advancement or skills to be learned, ... [whereas] the program sounded great with a lot to offer in ter...

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Motive Action Success Story: Isaac

Feb 24, 2020
Motive Action Isaac Success Story

Isaac is at work in a Heavy Duty shop.Before training in the Youth Entry Level Heavy Duty Trades program at Motive Action, Isaac was working a dead-end job in a temporary position at an agency.  He decided to take the course because he wants to be a Heavy Duty Technician.Since completing the program, Isaac said “I became more aware of the trade in terms of w...

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Motive Action Success Story: Nathan

Feb 18, 2020
Motive Action Nathan Success Story

All smiles, Nathan gives a thumbs-up sign as he receives his scholarship from instructor Jennifer Farrand.When Nathan applied to Motive Action for the Youth Entry Level Automotive Trades Program, he wanted to learn a new skill, and have the opportunity to try a new job.Now, Nathan works at a tire shop, where he learned how to complete tire change-overs, rota...

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Motive Action Success Story: Alvin

Feb 10, 2020
Motive Action Alvin Success Story

Motive Action Graduate Alvin came back to show off his Red Seal after passing the test!Alvin, who graduated from Motive Action 7 years ago, was very happy to come and speak to Motive Action students about his achievement and the journey he took to get there.Alvin gave this advice to our current students: “Finishing Motive Action is one of the best things to ...

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Motive Action Success Story: Devon

Feb 03, 2020
Motive Action Devon Success Story

Devon shared some advice at a graduation ceremony as he accepted his scholarship from Program Director Mike Hansen.Before attending the Motive Action Entry-level Heavy Duty Training Program, Devon worked as a warehouse labourer and short order cook, for $13-14/hr. There was almost no room for advancement in these jobs.Devon had this to say about studying at ...

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Motive Action Success Story: Jack

Jan 27, 2020
Motive Action Jack Success Story

Jack is pleased to receive his scholarship from Program Director Mike Hansen.Before attending our program, Jack held down a couple of jobs. “I was working as a security guard for 40 hours/week and my hourly pay was $14 in a seasonal job for six months. At the same time, I was working in customer service part time.”  Jack didn’t think there was a future in ei...

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Motive Action Success Story: Yonnas

Jan 20, 2020
Motive Action Yonnas Success Story

Yonnas and instructor Kevin Lychak share a smile as Yonnas accepts his scholarship.Yonnas was keen to attend Motive Action in the Automotive Entry-level Trades Training program “to get work experience and a job and also to improve language and numeracy [skills].”Reflecting on the things that changed in his life since completing the program, he said, “first, ...

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Motive Action Success Story: Cam

Jan 06, 2020
Motive Action Cam success story

Motive Action Graduate Cam proudly shows off his blue book!Cam, a Motive Action graduate from the Heavy Duty Entry-Level Trades Training Program, came to visit.  He was proud to show us his blue book.Cam has demonstrated great perseverance to get where he is today. Despite several set backs, he has maintained employment in the Heavy Duty Trade and achieved t...

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Fond Memories of 2019

Dec 16, 2019
Motive Action Diamond Wrench Award 2019

Group 19 touched the Motive Action staff by awarding them a “Diamond Wrench” award. As we approach the end of 2019, we look back fondly on the successes and recognitions of the past year.This year we have celebrated the achievements of over 80 students, holding Recognition Ceremonies for groups 16 – 24. We especially enjoy the ceremonies for our graduates, a...

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Motive Action Success Story: Charles

Dec 09, 2019
Motive Action Charles success story

Charles, with instructor Jennifer Farrand, is pleased to be awarded his scholarship.Before Charles attended Motive Action to study Auto Body, he worked as a Warehouse Associate with no room to grow his skills. He viewed it as a dead-end job.Charles was happy to have an opportunity at Motive Action to learn a trade where he works with his hands and can make a...

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Motive Action Success Story: Ellis

Dec 02, 2019
Motive Action Ellis success story

Ellis, with Program Director Mike Hansen, holds up his well-deserved scholarship!Ellis worked full time in security, 12 hour shifts for 48 hours a week in seasonal jobs before he attended Motive Action.  “I always wanted to be in the [automotive] trade but [was] never able to land a job in a shop,” Ellis stated.  When he heard about the Automotive Entry-leve...

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Motive Action Success Story: James

Nov 25, 2019
Motive Action James success story

James is happy to receive his scholarship from instructor Kevin Lychak.“Before I began at Motive Action, I was a Geo Technician [working] 24 days on and 4 off at a time with 10-12 hour days,” James told us.  “I worked alone [the] majority of the time . . . and did similar tests on the gravel each and every day.”“When the economy crashed, I was laid of from t...

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Motive Action Success Story: Victor

Nov 18, 2019
Motive Action Victor success story

Motive Action Graduate and Scholarship recipient Victor is hard at work in an HD shop.Before Victor attended the Motive Action Heavy Duty Entry-level Trades program, he was working part-time in a grocery store, with no opportunity for advancement. He wanted better for himself, and was drawn to the hands-on learning offered at Motive Action.Victor is very gra...

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Motive Action Success Story: Andrey

Nov 12, 2019
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Andrey and Program Director Mike Hansen shake hands as Andrey receives his scholarship.Andrey was working at a produce market while completing high school upgrading online before he attended Motive Action.  He chose to apply here for “the hands-on experience as well as the job at the end of the program.”After completing the Automotive Entry-level Trades Trai...

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Motive Action Success Story: Meron

Nov 04, 2019
Motive Action Meron success story

Meron accepts his scholarship from instructor Jennifer Farrand.“I didn’t have a clue about anything in the trades,” Meron said about his skills before he attended Motive Action.  He applied to our program when times were tough and the economy was down, and he needed help getting an opportunity.Since graduating from the Heavy Duty Entry-level Trades Training ...

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Motive Action Success Story: Salim

Oct 28, 2019
Motive Action Salim success story

Salim and instructor Kevin Lychak enjoy the moment while Salim receives his scholarship!Before attending Motive Action, Salim was attending Bow Valley College for high school upgrading.“When I was at college, I heard from my friends about Motive Action.  I realized that this is the place where I can get to my goal to be an Auto Body Technician.”Since complet...

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Motive Action Success Story: Sem

Oct 21, 2019
Motive Action Sem success story

Program Director Mike Hansen gives Sem his scholarship.Before attending Motive Action, Sem had been a truck driver and then he became unemployed. He saw the Motive Action program as an opportunity to improve for himself and his family. “Mechanics has always been a passion for me,” he said.After completing the Heavy Duty program and getting a full time job in...

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Motive Action Success Story: Tyler

Oct 15, 2019
Motive Action Tyler success story

Tyler accepts his Scholarship from Program Director Mike Hansen.Tyler worked part-time jobs at minimum wage, and felt there was no future for advancement before he attended the Motive Action program as an automotive student.“It gave me a hands-on learning experience in a field I was interested in, as well as an opportunity for work,” Tyler said about the pro...

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Motive Action Success Story: Bogdan

Oct 07, 2019
Motive Action Bogdan success story

Bogdan is happy to accept his Scholarship from Program Director Mike Hansen.Before attending Motive Action, Bogdan said, “I sought any employment opportunity that was available regardless of whether it met my interests or had any future benefit. I have worked in retail, hospitality and construction and in jobs that were mostly short term or seasonal. However...

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Motive Action Success Story: Leandro

Sep 30, 2019
Motive Action Leandro success story

Instructor Kevin Lychak presents the Motive Action Scholarship to Leandro.Before attending Motive Action, Leandro worked a couple of part time jobs selling books and packing bread at a bakery, but felt there was no future in either job. He attended class here in the hopes of learning the skills needed to become a mechanic and get a job at a well known dealer...

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Motive Action Success Story: Gharbanali

Sep 23, 2019
Motive Action Gharbanali success story

Gharbanali accepts his scholarship from instructor Jennifer Farrand. Before Gharbanali attended Motive Action, he worked in a restaurant for 30 hours a week at $10/hr.  “There was definitely no future, no improvements and no better wage,” he said about the job.“Motive Action was the best thing that happened to me.  It opened the path for a better future with...

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More women attend Motive Action!

Sep 16, 2019
Motive Action Val Kayla and Amber success story

Recently, it was a delight to realize that we had a female student in each of the classes attending Motive Action! As seen in the picture (from left to right), Val, Kayla and Amber all offered their thoughts about entering the trades as a woman.Val, in Heavy Duty: “If you have a dream about becoming an AST, welder, or even HD mechanic, this program is the be...

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Motive Action Success Story: Kefali

Aug 19, 2019
Motive Action Kefali success story

“Math is very important in welding,” Kefali stated as he came to visit Motive Action, seen here with Instructor Kevin Lychak.Kefali graduated from Motive Action over a year ago from the welding program. “Motive Action opened all these doors. Now I’m working hard making skids and tubs for oil and gas.  Life feels perfect.”When asked what advice he’d give to o...

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Motive Action Success Story: Konain

Aug 06, 2019
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Konain accepts his scholarship from Program Director Mike Hansen! Konain heard about Motive Action online and, after reviewing the website and learning about the program, he knew it was the right fit for him.  “Things I was really excited about were in-class and hands-on learning, the potential of getting financial support while in the program and, of course...

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Motive Action Success Story: Anthony

Jul 22, 2019
Motive Action Anthony success story

Instructor Kevin Lychak presents Anthony with his Motive Action Scholarship.Anthony previously worked in Oil and Gas throughout western Canada, but found there is little room for future job growth in today’s economy. He applied to Motive Action to explore options in the automotive industry, and the hands-on portion further motivated him to apply.“The best ch...

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Motive Action Success Story: Debbie

Jul 08, 2019
Motive Action Debbie success story

Debbie got a raise!Debbie, a recent graduate from Motive Action, just completed 3 months on the job at the Auto Body shop where she was hired after the program, and has already received a raise!She is proud of the work she did while in the program at Motive Action, graduating with honours, with the highest average in the class. Before taking the Auto Body co...

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Motive Action Success Story: Jordan

Jun 24, 2019
Motive Action Jordan success story

Jordan shows off his Blue book as a new apprentice!Jordan graduated from Motive Action’s Auto Body program in 2018.  Less than a year later, he has already been signed up as an apprentice and came back to Motive Action to show us his blue book!Jordan thinks that this is a step up from the construction work that he had been doing before he came to study Auto ...

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Motive Action Success Story: Andrey

Jun 10, 2019
Motive Action Andrey success story

Program Director Mike Hansen presents Andrey with his Motive Action Scholarship.Andrey was working in construction but he found that the hours of work weren’t consistent, so he decided to attend Motive Action, where he had an opportunity to gain work experience and a job in the automotive trade.“I got to see things from a different perspective to the one I h...

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Motive Action Success Story: Maurizio

May 27, 2019
Motive Action Maurizio success story

Mike Hansen gleefully presents Maurizio with his Motive Action Scholarship.Maurizio worked various construction jobs before being laid off and collecting EI. He felt he couldn’t get ahead without more training.  “Always wanted to be a Heavy Duty Tech but didn’t have the proper training so I couldn’t get the opportunity to try,” he stated.Since completing the...

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Motive Action Success Story: Reid

May 13, 2019
Motive Action Reid success story

Reid received his Motive Action Scholarship from instructor Jennifer Farrand.Reid worked dead-end manual labour jobs with long, hard hours and no appreciation before he applied to the Motive Action program.“For me, the work experience seemed priceless,” Reid said, reflecting on his time at Motive Action.  Since completing the program, Reid gained a job in th...

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Motive Action Success Story: Mac

Apr 29, 2019
Motive Action Mac success story

Mac received his Motive Action Scholarship from instructor Kevin Lychak.Mac applied to Motive Action to learn the trade hands-on, have an opportunity to gain work experience, and to get a job, but he learned so much more along the way.Since completing the Motive Action program , Mac said “it affected my life immensely and positively. It helped me stay in my ...

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Motive Action Success Story: Dan

Apr 15, 2019
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Dan received his Motive Action Scholarship in 2018.Dan was working as a telecommunication tech all over the country and never really had much down time. It would take a lot of time before he’d have any further opportunity for advancement in his job.“I knew I wanted to have a career [as a] heavy duty tech but didn’t know where to start. That’s where Motive Ac...

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Motive Action Success Story: Francis

Apr 01, 2019
Motive Action Francis success story

Francis with Program Director Mike Hansen.Francis heard about Motive Action through a friend. “I applied because I wanted a better future,” he said.  Francis is now successfully employed at a car dealership working full time as an Automotive Service Technician Apprentice, and has received the Motive Action Scholarship.“My success in the trades affected my li...

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Motive Action Success Story: Herb

Mar 18, 2019
Herb receives his Motive Action Scholarship from Mike Hansen.

Herb receives his Motive Action Scholarship from Mike Hansen.Herb was struggling with unemployment for 2 years before enrolling in the Welding Program at Motive Action Training Foundation. He did it, he said, “to better my life and to gain experience in a trade in which I had interest in.”Since graduating from the program, Herb has been able to maintain a jo...

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Motive Action Success Story: Argie

Mar 04, 2019
Program Director Mike Hansen presents Argie with his Motive Action Scholarship.

Program Director Mike Hansen presents Argie with his Motive Action Scholarship. At Motive Action we have had some great students go through our program and find success upon graduation. We're happy to share their success stories here with you!Argie was working part time at a coffee shop with no opportunity of a raise. As a newcomer to Canada, Argie could not...

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Checking in with: Dustyn L., Motive Action stud...

May 16, 2018

In a new blog series we will be checking in with the people who make up the Motive Action community.  For our first blog post we chatted with Dustyn L., a current Automotive Service Technician student, who shared his experiences so far at Motive Action.Why did you decide to take the Motive Action program?“I decided to join Motive Action because it’s something that I wanted to do since I was a kid but I wasn’t able to in high school just based on student capacity in classrooms and stuff like that. I’ve been a chef for the past eight years but it’s something that I wasn’t into, I’ve always been into cars. I have a young child that I need to pro...

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