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Young women explore careers in skilled trades/technologies


Female students from four schools around the Burin Peninsula gathered at College of the North Atlantic’s Burin Campus Wednesday for a ‘Skills Work for Women Conference’.

CNA Instructor Keith Howse and classmates watched as Geraldine Hynes of Fortune Bay Academy uses a piece of machinery in the metal fabrication shop. Paul Herridge Photo

Held in the region for the first time since 2009, Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador hosts similar events around the province annually to raise awareness of the skilled trades and technology career options available to young women.

Among the participating schools were Marystown Central High School, Grand Bank’s John Burke High, Rushoon’s Christ the King School and St. Bernard’s-Jacques Fontaine Fortune Bay Academy.

In the morning, Try-A-Trade® demonstrations in welding, sheet metal and metal fabrication gave the students a first-hand opportunity to see the types of tasks they would learn in each skilled trade.

During afternoon portion of conference, students met female role models who work in non-traditional roles and were able to ask them questions about their careers, challenges they faces and their successes.

Started in 1998, Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador is a not-for-profit organization that aims to promote skilled trades and technlogies as first-choice career options for young Canadians.

‘Skills Work for Women Conferences’ are supported by the provincial Department of Education.

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