Female students exposed to skill trades
Some 60 girls from Holy Redeemer, Roncalli take part in ‘ Work for women’ conference in Placentia
May 13 wasn’t a regular day for a group of female students from Holy Redeemer School in Spaniard’s Bay.
They put down their pencils and picked up a hammer and other tools as they got to experience a career in skilled trades.
Students from the school were taking part in a “Skills Work for Women” conference at the Placentia campus of the College of the North Atlantic.
Delivered by Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador, some 60 students from Holy Redeemer and Roncalli Central High in Avondale had the opportunity to explore careers in skill trades.
Participants engaged in “try-a-trade” demonstrations, where students handled tools and worked on sample projects such as precision machining, heavy equipment service, industrial millwright and carpentry.
The students also interacted with female mentors who are working in non-traditional careers. The mentors shared their experiences and rewards women have faced in male-dominated workplaces.
“It is so important that young women feel confident to pursue a career in any field they are interested in,” said Carole Ann Ryan, executive director of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador.
According to Ryan, females in this country represent a workforce in the skilled trades and technologies that is largely untapped.
Conferences like the one in Placentia allow females to explore the jobs in these fields that are waiting to be filled, she added.
The conference was made possible through support from the provincial Department of Education.
A group of students from Holy Redeemer Elementary in Spaniard’s Bay recently took part in the Skills Work for Women conference at the Placentia campus of the College of the North Atlantic on May 13. Shown here are, from left, Hailey McCarthy, Olivia Noseworthy, Chloe Crane, Kloe Neil, Nicole Fleury, Emily Earle, Jalisa Clarke and Katie Drover.