Skilled Trades still battles with the stigma of being “a last resort” if you don’t go onto post secondary education. However, job opportunities across the numerous trades, especially locally, are on the rise. Masons, framers, carpenters, electrician, plumber, roofers, refrigeration mechanics, truck and coach technician, machinists, welder, agricultural equipment technician – the list goes on. These are all in demand, well paying positions, especially once your journeyperson level is achieved. Earn while you learn!
CFWD supports a number of initiatives throughout the year that help youth to learn more about skilled trades. Along with Loyalist College, CFWD sponsors the Skills Canada-Ontario Summer Camp held at the College in July 2019 where youth entering grades 6-9 have the opportunity to participate in workshops that include electrical, woodworking, welding, machining, bioscience and automotive along with a number of competitive activities to test their team player and thinking skills
In April 2019 CFWD coordinates a booth at the Quinte Home and Lifestyle Show where the skilled trades path is showcased to parents, grandparents, youth and job seekers who attend the show. The booth is manned in partnership with staff from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as well as Career Edge.
In April 2019, CFWD sponsors students from Trenton High School’s Esthetics program and the SHSM Tourism and Hospitality Program to attend the Spa Show in Toronto. Students to hands on experience with key business in the Spa related industry. UPDATE May 2019: This year 15 students and 2 teachers were able to attend the Esthétique Spa International event in Toronto. The show is quite overwhelming for the students with so much to take in but so little of time to do it all in! There is lots to see, learn about and experience. It not only gives exposure to the aesthetics industry but there are educators and manufacturers there for the machines, product and furniture.
In May 2019, CFWD helps sponsor students from the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board to attend and compete in the Skills Canada-Ontario Provincial Competition in Toronto. In 2018, one team came back a Bronze medal winner and this year, elementary students will be attending for the first time!