Expo Introduces Students to Skilled Trades

Expo Introduces Students to Skilled Trades
Posted on 06/10/2016
From robotics to cupcakes and everything in between, approximately 1,800 Grade 7 and 8 students from around Simcoe County were introduced to more than 30 skilled trades Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Elmvale Community Centre. 

The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, City of Orillia, City of Barrie, and Springwater Township and Flos Agricultural Society, provided students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County. 

“Not unlike the rest of the province, we are witnessing a skilled trades shortage here is Simcoe County,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We recognize the importance of getting young people interested at an early age. Events such as this will go a long way to ensuring our children can make informed decisions relating to career paths for the trades, such as course selection and participation in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.” 

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school to work program that opens the door for students to learn about the trades through cooperative education. Students have the opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards their journey person certification while at the same time completing their secondary school diploma. Currently, students have the opportunity to participate in 150 trades through OYAP. 

“The Township of Springwater was thrilled to be the host site for the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trade Expo,” said Springwater Mayor Bill French. “The venue was perfect for this event, and was a partnership between three separate entities working together—the Elmvale Curling Club, the Flos Agricultural Society, and the Township of Springwater. Based on some of the students I met and spoke with today, our future is in good hands.” 

There are more than 150 recognized trades in Ontario, ranging from agricultural equipment and motor cycle technicians, tool and die makers, and heavy equipment operators to bakers, hairstylists, and educational assistants. 

The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.