From left, West Credit Secondary School principal Dana Sheahan; students Moesha Greene and Brandon Burton; Gray Tools president Gary Nuttall; Scott Moreash, Peel District School Board associate director of instructional support services and Frank Dominguez, Gray Tools marketing manager at West Credit today. Gray Tools donated $20,000 worth of tool sets to five Peel vocational schools.

From left, West Credit Secondary School principal Dana Sheahan; students Moesha Greene and Brandon Burton; Gray Tools president Gary Nuttall; Scott Moreash, Peel District School Board associate director of instructional support services and Frank Dominguez, Gray Tools marketing manager at West Credit today. Gray Tools donated $20,000 worth of tool sets to five Peel vocational schools.

MISSISSAUGA — Trade students in Peel were given the right tools for the job today as a Brampton-based manufacturer donated $20,000 worth of tool sets to five high schools across the region.

Gray Tools officially made the donation to the Peel District School Board Tuesday during a presentation at West Credit Secondary School. The Meadowvale high school were among the recipients, which included Gordon Graydon Memorial and Lincoln M. Alexander  in Mississauga and Turner Fenton and Judith Nyman in Brampton.

The wrenches, clamps, screwdrivers and various other industry-standard tools will be used to equip the manufacturing and automotive classes.

"We're delighted," said West Credit principal Dana Sheahan. "School budgets are never big enough, so when you can get some wonderful tools to go right into our programs, we're thrilled by that."

"As programs and technologies change," explained Scott Moreash, PDSB associate director of instructional support services, "we need to upgrade or enhance our resources."

He told the students in attendance, "As a school board, we have a responsibility … to ensure that you as students are trained in an environment that prepares you for the future world of work."

Gary Nuttall, president and owner of Gray Tools, said the decision to make the generous donation was a reaction to the shortage of skilled labour.

"In Canada, we have a great need for people who are trained in the various trades because our work force is getting old," Moreash told the students. "You will be highly employable and believe me, highly sought after once you graduate."