Think Con­struc­tion 2018 gives stu­dents hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence

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Stu­dents from the Prairie South School Divi­sion got a chance to re­ceive first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge in the con­struc­tion field, as they par­tic­i­pated in “Think Con­struc­tion 2018” at Sask. Polytech­nic on Wed­nes­day, April 11.

The stu­dents got to see and in­ter­act with pro­fes­sion­als in the in­dus­try who shared their ex­per­tise. Saskatchewan’s con­struc­tion in­dus­try is full of op­por­tu­ni­ties—from elec­tri­cians and plumbers to busi­ness own­ers. The in­dus­try re­port­edly ac­counts for more than 52,000 peo­ple em­ployed across the prov­ince and it con­tin­ues to ex­pand. This means there is a high-de­mand for grad­u­ates and en­trepreneurs to­day and into the fu­ture. This event also took place in con­junc­tion with the prov­ince’s an­nual Saskatchewan Con­struc­tion Week. The event was one of sev­eral that took place all over the prov­ince, that fo­cused on the op­por­tu­ni­ties stu­dents have right here in Saskatchewan. Stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect and prob­lem solve with in­dus­try ex­perts and de­velop ca­reer men­tors. They also gained hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­plored dif­fer­ent ar­eas of em­ploy­ment in con­struc­tion, and were ex­posed to pos­si­ble work ca­reer choices through high school cred­its and in­dus­try pro­grams. “This event is surely en­rich­ing for our stu­dents be­cause they get hands on learn­ing and this em­pow­ers them in their ca­reer de­ci­sions as they move through their ed­u­ca­tion,” said Brett Young, Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Con­sul­tant at Prairie South. “It’s re­ally nice for the stu­dents to be able to come, es­pe­cially to a place like Sask. Polytech­nic where they have all the re­sources here and they see and ex­pe­ri­ence a con­struc­tion class­room set­ting. Also, this could be where they come to school, so it is good that they’re get­ting a taste of what the class­room looks like and the pro­gram­ming, if they choose to get in­volved in con­struc­tion. What is also very good is that, th­ese are stu­dents who have an in­ter­est in this area, so they chose to be here.”

Lo­gan Shaver from Riverview Col­le­giate said he en­joyed the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence he gained from the event. “I re­ally en­joyed the day. We were able to come here to get some hands-on learn­ing so that we can make the best de­ci­sion pos­si­ble for when we grad­u­ate from high school. This is help­ing us make more in­formed choices for what we want to do af­ter grad­u­a­tion.”

Think Con­struc­tion 2018 was held in part­ner­ship with All ‘N’ All Con­struc­tion, Moose Jaw Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, Saskatchewan Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, Saskatchewan Con­struc­tion Safety As­so­ci­a­tion, C&S Builders, Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Polytech­nic.

“...This is help­ing us make more in­formed choices for what we want to do af­ter grad­u­a­tion.” -Stu­dent Par­tic­i­pant Lo­gan Shaver

The stu­dents paid keen at­ten­tion as they learned some fun­da­men­tal con­struc­tion steps.

The stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in con­struct­ing a shed.

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