Approximately 100 local high school girls head to Collège Boréal today as the institution hosts its first Trades and Technology Exploration Day for Young Women.
Made possible through the financial contribution of the Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada within the framework of the Canada-Ontario Education Agreement, the Trades and Technology Exploration Day for Young Women follows the successful Women in Trades Forum (March 2014) and aims to introduce young women to career opportunities in trades and technology.
The data shows that Canada will face labour shortages in a number of skilled-trade professions in the coming years. According to Statistics Canada, approximately 2.2 million Canadians ages 25 to 64 hold a trades’ certificate, representing about 12.1 per cent of the total population in that age bracket. And only 20 % of registered apprenticeship certificates are held by woman.
As part of the Trades and Technology Exploration Day for Young Women, students are invited to explore two trades. During the workshops, students have the opportunity to handle equipment, under the supervision of qualified professionals, and learned more about the technology used in the trades industry. Accompanying teachers are given tips and tools to help generate girls’ interest in trades and technology. During lunch, local tradeswomen are invited to speak of their experiences working in a traditionally male dominated field.
“The Trades and Technology Exploration Day invites young women into a positive environment in which to network, learn about different career choices, and hear professionals speak about the advantages and challenges of choosing a non-traditional career.”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“We are pleased to host an event that introduces young women to the possibility of exciting and fulfilling careers in fields where women are under-represented. We hope this event will contribute to building the next generation of women in the industrial and technology sectors.”
Brian Vaillancourt, Dean of the School of Trades and Applied Technology, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Since 1995, over 113,380 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 40 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.
According to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates in the province. Moreover, 100% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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