YARMOUTH - Seventy-five young women in grades 8 to 11 from the Tri-County Regional School Board and Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial participated in the Skilled Futures for Women event on March 7 at NSCC Burridge Campus in Yarmouth.
The experience was presented by Skills Canada - Nova Scotia (SCNS), which, on the same day, held the Nova Scotia Skills Competition for post-secondary students in Hairstyling and Aesthetics.
Skills Canada – Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for Nova Scotian youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, discover their passions, and strive for excellence.
Gold medalists in the skills competition will join Team Nova Scotia and advance to the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton this June.
Skilled Futures for Women is a one-day event that offers female students the opportunity to explore skilled trade and technology career options by participating in hands-on workshops, ranging from IT networking to metal fabrications.
Robin Lorway, executive director of SCNS, says women continue to be under-represented in Nova Scotia’s technology and skilled trade industries. “Our Skilled Futures series is an interactive stepping stone for students as they contemplate their career and training options,” she said.
“This event could potentially reveal exciting career opportunities for participants as they discover occupations they may not have considered before.”
Skilled Futures for Women is one in a series of career exploration events taking place from November to May at locations across the province.
Support for the March 7 event was provided by the Nova Scotia Community College, Shell Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.