On Nov. 14, over 250 female students ranging from grades 6 to 8 from across 15 elementary and middle schools took part in Women Impacting Trades, a conference catered to raise awareness and increase interest amongst females about the opportunities available in the skilled trades. The conference was organized the board staff, in partnership with FlightUnit.
"We came back from construction class and it was a lot of fun - learning about what other people do for a living and how they got there," says a grade 8 student attendee.
The conference was hosted at West Credit Secondary School - home to the first program of its kind in the Peel region, Regional Skilled Trades. Students had the opportunity to tour West Credit's technological shops and get hands-on experience in a number of different skilled trades sectors including hospitality, transportation technology, construction, hairstyling and aesthetics and others.
"It was amazing hands-on experience and I learned how to change a tire, which was pretty cool."
Applications for secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs, including Regional Skilled Trades, are currently open and will close on Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. The Regional Skilled Trades program will be open to all students entering grade 9 in September 2019. To apply, visit www.peelschools.org/regionalprograms.
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school to work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.