Exploring the trades and technologies with Skills Ontario Summer Camps!

May 10 2017


Skills Ontario invites youth to explore skilled trades and technologies careers at over 20 locations across Ontario


Thunder Bay, ON – This summer, nearly 400 students across the province will begin exploring future career options in the skilled trades and technologies at Skills Ontario Summer Camps. These week-long camps offer skilled trades and technologies workshops, industry tours, and mentorship. Held at 20 locations across Ontario, each camp hosts a range of hands-on workshops, depending on the specialization of the host college or industry facility, allowing for unique sets of experiences across the province.

Workshops at the camps can include construction, heavy equipment service, GIS and horticulture, LEGO robotics, culinary arts, aviation, and more! Each camp also features games and entrepreneurship activities.

“The Skills Ontario Camps aim to inspire the next generation of skilled trade and technology professionals,” says Karen Throupe, Summer Camp Manager at Skills Ontario. “Through fun, hands-on activities this program provides an opportunity for young people to explore a range of viable career options, to become aware of the apprenticeship pathway and the relevant courses they can take in high school, and to recognize how vital employability skills are to their future success.”

Skills Ontario Summer Camps are hosted in partnership with Magna, Hydro One, the Government of Ontario, and many local colleges and other industry organizations, whose investment in these camps show their dedication to skill development for youth in Ontario.

Encouraging all youth, including young women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies is a key strategic mission of Skills Ontario. Once again this summer, Skills Ontario is pleased to offer All-Girls’ and All-Boys’ camps, as well as a Francophone camp in Sudbury at Collège Boréal.

Additionally, Skills Ontario is thrilled to host multiple camps in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) communities:

  • Matawa Learning Centre, Thunder Bay (May 17, 18, & 19) Matawa Camp Schedule
  • Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island (July 17, 18, & 19)
  • M’Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island (July 20 & 21)
  • Fort William First Nation, Thunder Bay (July 31 & August 1) 

Associated Links
VIDEO: Skills Ontario Summer Camps English | Français
Skills Ontario Summer Camp Program
Skills Ontario Summer Camp Registration
Skills Ontario Media Kit

About Skills Ontario
Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce. We enable and empower all youth, including women and Aboriginal youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Engagement with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment. We deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada’s largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers. We are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.

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