Elementary Career Awareness Workshops



Build, design, create and fix are what the Elementary Career Awareness Workshops are all about.  Ensuring students have the opportunity to explore these actions through hands-on workshops allows them to discover different career possibilities in the skilled trades and technologies.  As a group of 25, grade 7&8 classes will experience two hands-on workshops and tour the Career Exploration Showcase.

With over 40 workshops happening simultaneously, last year's event filled up quickly, with well over 2,000 students receiving the spark they needed to learn more about a career in the skilled trades.

Who can participate in the Elementary Workshops?

The Elementary Workshops are open to grade 7&8 students who are enrolled at an elementary school that is affiliated with Skills Ontario.  Each school can request up to two groups of 25 students each, but space is limited, so waitlists may begin early.

What exactly are the Elementary Workshops?

There are a large variety of workshops offered that fall into the five trades sectors:  Construction, Industrial, Motive Power, Service and Technology.  Students may have the chance to try their skills at building a birdhouse, changing a tire, creating a computer animation or making a floral arrangement.

Where do the Elementary Workshops take place?

The Elementary Workshops are held in conjunction with our Elementary Technology Activity Day as part of the Skills Ontario Competition.  This event is hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre - 650 Dixon Road, Etobicoke

When are the Elementary Workshops?

Our Elementary Technology Activity Day is Monday May 4, 2020.  Workshops are offered in two different sessions:  the morning session, running from 9:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon session, running from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

How and when do I register my school for the Elementary Workshops?

Registration for the Elementary Workshops opens on Tuesday January 20, 2020 - mark your calendar, as spaces will fill up very quickly!

Workshop spaces will be confirmed on a first-come-first serve basis, with priority given to the first 2 schools to register from each individual school board. After these spots are filled, spaces will be granted in the order that school registrations were requested. The purpose of this policy is to ensure all school boards are given an opportunity to attend the elementary workshops.

Registration happens through our online system. The online form will become active once registration opens in January.

Please note that space requests are NOT confirmed automatically.  Confirmations of spaces will be sent in mid-February, at which time you will be notified if your space has been accepted or put on the waitlist.

How much do the Elementary Workshops cost?

*Payment Policy – Please note that, to offset the rising cost of materials and to maintain the quality of this program, there is now a small cost associated with sending your group to the Elementary Workshops ($100 per group of 25 students).  Schools not affiliated prior to participating in the Elementary Workshops will also be charged the $125 affiliation fee.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you're interested in learning more about our Elementary Workshops, please contact competitions@skillsontario.com.

How can I become a Workshop Leader?

If you're interested in volunteering as a Workshop Leader, please contact the Competitions Department (competitions@skillsontario.com).