Fe­male stu­dents ex­posed to skill trades

Some 60 girls from Holy Redeemer, Ron­calli take part in ‘ Work for women’ con­fer­ence in Pla­cen­tia

The Compass - - NEWS - BY LAURA GRIF­FIN

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

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.

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