by Ethan Paquet
During National Skilled Trades & Technology Week in October, Skills Canada PEI hosted their second annual Try-A-Trade for Girls event, where girls ages 11 to 15 had the opportunity to take part in interactive learning experiences led by women working in trades.
“Our goal is to show girls what is possible,” says Tawna MacLeod, Executive Director. “This is an underrepresented demographic, and we want them to know that they are needed in careers in trades and technology.”
About 55 girls attended the event in Charlottetown, where they could ask questions related to education options and career opportunities in carpentry, welding, and cooking.
“Soon, these girls will be expected to make decisions about what courses to take in high school, so we want to give them the guidance and exposure they need to decide whether taking a course in welding, carpentry, or cooking is right for them,” she says.
Tawna’s advice to girls and young women who may be interested in working in the trades but unsure of where to turn is to reach out to women already on that career path.
“Talk to women who are studying the trades or who are already working in the trades. Learn what it is all about. Ask them all the questions you can think of so that you can break down any preconceptions or intimidation you may have.”
Sam Gallant (right), a second-year student in the Holland College Welding program, leads (from left) Evangeline Hewitt, Leaha Ellsworth and Mnemosyne Tabangin C in a simulated welding learning exercise.
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