Skilled trades expo Nov. 16 and 17



This from the municipality:

A career in the trades is a meaningful career opportunity. We know that many amazing career opportunities exist in the trades so we asked industry experts to show the opportunities and highlight the education requirements to the youth and their parents in the region.

In collaboration with the secondary and post-secondary training institutions, we planned an event called, “Experience the Trades” on November 16 and 17 in Chatham. The event will highlight the variety of apprenticeship opportunities in four main apprentice areas: Motive Power, Industrial, Service and Construction Trades.  There will be several thousand people attending the event, the target audience includes grade 7 through 12 secondary students & their parents.

This important event is dedicated to educating students about the exciting careers that exist in the trades, and to showcase the skills necessary for the job.  It will help everyone us advocate for the future of the trades and showcase the skills and abilities that are involved in the trades. Help us strengthen the number of people interested in an apprentice trade in Southern Ontario, everyone wins with a stronger workforce!

The event is sponsored in a large part by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Five local school boards across the Chatham, Sarnia & London area. By facilitating collaboration, the boards have joined forces to participate, sponsor the event, location and transportation of students to the event. Municipal government, private sector companies, post-secondary institutions and trade associations joined forces to organize and attend the event.

Apprentice Showcase – School pre-arranged Field Trips:

November 16th, 9:00am – 2:30pm for school groups participating in field trip

November 17th, 8:30 am – 1:30pm for school groups participating in a field trip

Interactive displays will offer a hands on experience that allows students to attempt skills that they will need to have to be successful in a trade. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) support team are planning and hosting interactive activities and are helping companies with ideas on creating a successful, interactive booths! In addition we will be coordinating activities and promoting activities in advance and are onsite at the event.

Industry Night – Networking for companies with apprentice trades:

November 16th, 3:30 – 5:30pm for people who work in companies with apprentice trades in their workplace






Join other people in the region that work in companies with apprentice trades in their workplace for a casual afternoon of networking to discuss areas of common interest. Talk to industry experts and metal trade associations about issues relating to your trade, visit with post-secondary institutions about your industry needs and continuing education. Discuss issues with government experts on accessing financial incentives in the area of training, hiring, R&D, capital and equipment acquisitions. Professionals from all trade areas are welcome; metal workers, tradesmen, electricians, machine operators, designers, plumbers, metal trades, etc., basically all construction – service – industrial – motive power Trades, manufacturers and producers with professional staff are welcome to attend.

Apprentice Showcase – Parent /Student Night:

November 16th from 5:30 to 8:00pm for parents and their children /students in grades 7 through 12.

Not sure of your future career path? Parents and students are invited to join us for a chance to Experience-the-Trades with interactive hands on skills needed for a variety of apprenticeable trades in all four sectors: Industrial, Construction, Motive Power and Service.

Young men and women in grades 7 through 12 and their parents are invited to learn about career opportunities, to meet employers and hear from successful men and women in our region. Visit with post-secondary institutions about industry needs and continuing education. Discuss future workforce needs with government experts and learn how to access information about future careers that will be in demand.

Three brilliant guest speakers begin at 7:00pm – Featuring local success story, Intellitix

Intellitix will share their corporate story; who they’re, what business there are in, what they make, how it’s made and the highly technologically service they offer. Intellitix will also share /educate the audience the ideal education requirements for positions they will be seeking in the future.

WEtech Alliance & St. Clair College will share their message about ‘Tech & Trades’ with a slight emphasis on, ‘Women in Tech’ & ‘Women in Trades’ as both areas are highly under-represented by women, we’re hoping to change that over time as it adds a huge increase to the labour pool that traditionally has not participated in these areas.

Please join us and help share the message to the youth in our community.

If you have any questions, contact me any time as I’m always interested in talking with people about investing in the region.




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