We partnered with Skills Ontario to host our first young women’s initiative October 13, 2015. The event, Skills Work! For Women, was a great success. Over 50 students attended from Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Engleheart, and New Liskeard.
The girls took part in interactive activities like building a marshmallow catapult and networking with mentors and other students.
Attendees were encouraged to meet and network with women mentors working in the skilled trades and technology in the north. The mentors gave brief presentations about their educational background and career paths. They represented a vast array of fields such as
- Web design
- Culinary Arts
- Water filtration technician
- Iron worker
- Union Gas Technician
The goal of the event was to showcase the exciting careers that are available to young girls in the skilled trades and technology and to promote local education opportunities. We wanted to encourage young women to consider non-traditional career paths.
Encouraging bright local youth to remain in our northern communities will work to prevent youth out-migration and address the impending shortage of skilled workers in Ontario.
All the attendees indicated that they were more likely to explore a career in the trades and technologies because of this event.
See some of their comments:
“Overall AMAZING! I loved every minute, and it was very inspiring.”
“Lovely experience, I will never forget it.”