November 29, 2018

Middle school, female students experience skilled trades for the day

​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

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.

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