Toronto, Ontario — Secondary students in the Ottawa area can expect the world of skilled trades to be rolling up to their school’s doors sometime soon, as the St. Lawrence College Mobile Skills Training Lab makes its way through the area.
The lab will be making its rounds through the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) over the course of 11 weeks, starting April 4. This opportunity was secured through funding provided to the UCDSB Specialist High Skills Major Program and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.
Equipped with introductory learning opportunities from across the industries of carpentry, welding, electrical, fitness, nutrition and culinary, two mobile training labs will be on-site at each of the 11 secondary schools in the UCDSB.
“We are very excited to be able to bring these trailers to the UCDSB. Students will get to try out a variety of skills, get to use their hands and really dig into these experiences,” said UCDSB v-p of student success, Cameron Jones.
“We are putting in extra efforts to ensure that young women and Indigenous youth are aware that these career paths are real options for them.”
The two-and-a-half hour long training workshops will be made available to approximately 1,400 students from Grades 8-11. Upon completion of the workshops, students will actually earn a micro-credential certificate from St. Lawrence College.
The UCDSB has announced the first three schools to receive a visit from the mobile training lab:
- Carleton Place High School — April 4-8
- Perth & District Collegiate Institute — April 11-14
- Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute — April 19-22
The UCDSB has 1,517 students enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major courses throughout the school district and offers programming in 14 different areas.