Opportunities in the Skilled Trades and Technologies – Elementary & Secondary Edition
With eleven satellite offices all over Ontario, our Liaison Officers travel the province to encourage students to make informed decisions about their future. Since 1998, we have been delivering our presentation, entitled “Skills Work!® What’s Out There in the Skilled Trades and Technologies?”, to educate students on the hundreds of career opportunities available in the construction, motive power, service, industrial and technology sectors. This interactive, 45-60 minute multimedia presentation is updated annually and is available in both English and French, as well as a workshop format geared towards First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) audiences.
During the presentation, students and teachers have the opportunity to:
- Discover the benefits of careers in the skilled trades and technologies
- Take a visual tour of the skilled trades and technologies that interest them: with topics such as median salary, description of the role, what qualities, education and training a worker should have; students are encouraged to look for a career that fits their desired lifestyle, personality and interests
- Learn about the steps to apprenticeship, as well as other pathways to a career in the skilled trades
- Find out how to acquire skills and experience
- Understand the importance of employability skills in the workplace and how these skills can easily make or break a job opportunity
- Access further resources and determine how to get started on a path that is right for them
The largest outreach program in our lineup, this program reaches over 125,000 elementary and secondary students per year in schools, and Friendship Centres and Band Offices. In the last decade, we have reached over 1 million youth in Ontario through this program.
Supported by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and many community colleges, organizations and community partners, Skills Ontario’s presentation program is the perfect complement for all career exploration or development courses.
Skills Ontario offers this presentation in French, too. The French presentation is available province-wide.
In addition, we run a “What’s Out There? In the Skilled Trades and Technologies” presentation geared toward FNMI students and under-employed adults living in Ontario. Presented in schools and friendship centres, the presentation includes information that is culturally relevant to FNMI Communities and includes a hands-on activity. It is available province-wide.
The Far North “Trades and Tech Day” is an interactive, career exploration event for elementary students in Northern Ontario. Because access to events such as the Ontario Technological Skills Competition can be more difficult for students in Northern Ontario, this event provides them both with the information of our in-school presentation program and the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops. This combination allows students to actively explore the knowledge and skills involved in skilled trade and technology occupations.