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The Surrey School District is giving students the tools to explore a career in the trades.
This summer, the district will launch a new one-of-a-kind full credit trades exploration program aimed at giving Grade 10 students the chance to experience the introductory and fundamental skills required in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding.
Students will learn essential skills such as how to measure, cut, wire, build and weld – skills that are needed for further success in school apprenticeship programs and the workplace.
“This is one way we can introduce students to apprenticeship and have further opportunity to explain how our district partnership programs could benefit them,” says Susan Chow, principal of career education.
The course curriculum was developed by a Surrey technology education teacher and the concept of the program is fully supported by the Industry Training Authority.
The program will emphasize math and literacy skills as they relate to trades, and give students direct insight into the rewards and challenges of trades careers. Each trade also has a safety component and students will learn about ladder/fall protection, hazardous materials and the specific risks associated with young and inexperienced workers.
The course, which runs full days four days a week, also includes guest speakers and field trips to post-secondary institutions and industry facilities.
“If students are unsure whether they want to pursue a career or further education in trades, this course is ideal,” says Chow. “It gives them hands-on experience in four different construction trades at an age when they would have time to be able to plan their courses and map those career pathways.”
A recent story in the Vancouver Province predicted a looming trades shortage of 800,000 workers in Canada over the next 10 years. The shortage is caused by current trades workers who are expected to retire and a trend among young people over the past few decades to opt for work in high-tech and other sectors.
Registration for summer programs start in April. Current students in the Surrey School District can register online at www.surreyschools.ca.
Call 604-595-6077 for additional details or view this and other summer learning opportunities here.