Collège Boréal, in partnership with Destination Réussite, is encouraging high school girls to explore career opportunities in trades and technology through Filles dans les métiers (#FDM2018).
Today, as part of International Women’s Day, over 100 local high school girls rolled up their sleeves to explore non-traditional career opportunities at Collège Boréal’s main campus in Sudbury. When registering for the event, participants chose two fields to explore. Through interactive workshops led by qualified professionals, participants had the opportunity to handle equipment and learn about the technology used in various industries.
Given the success of the biannual event, a trades exploration day was offered for the first time this year in Central and Southwestern Ontario. On February 27, Collège Boréal representatives headed to École secondaire Le Caron in Penetanguishene. The next day, they were greeted in Welland at École secondaire catholique Jean-Vanier. A total of 125 girls from three school boards took part in those workshops and explored careers in electricity, automotive services, chemistry, carpentry, and welding.
According to Statistics Canada’s 2016 Women in Canada report, the number of new female apprenticeship registrations is slowly growing in trades that traditionally had high concentrations of men. In 2013, women accounted for a slightly larger proportion of new registrations in non-traditional fields such as welding (7.7%), automotive services (6.1%) and machinist (5.1%). In 1991, the female proportion of new registrations in those fields was 2.6% or less.
“I would like to thank Collège Boréal team members as well as our partner, Destination Réussite. This event introduces young women to the possibility of pursuing exciting and fulfilling careers in fields where women are under-represented. We hope this activity will contribute to increasing the participation of women in the industrial and technology sectors.”
Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at six campus locations and 38 access centres in 27 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!
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