Think Construction 2018 gives students hands-on experience
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.