Promoting construction careers for youth

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The BCA has a Skilled Trades Promotion Committee whose responsibility is to raise the profile and awareness of skilled trades as a viable career option. This committee meets regularly to find new ways to encourage students to enter the trades.

Several advancements achieved in 2021 include:

  • Member survey to identify training gaps and interest in hiring students.

This information was shared with school boards so that they can direct students to members looking to hire.

  • Member testimonials promoting the trades
  • Safety training offered to students free of charge
  • Virtual site tour (see below)
  • The Jordan Abercrombie Memorial Scholarship was awarded to three local students entering in to the trades

A variety of endeavours are under construction:

  • A dedicated Skilled Trades webpage on the BCA website

This page will be a resource to both school boards and students

  • Connecting schools/students with members – Simcoe County boards and students will be invited to our member BBQ in September
  • Georgian College Career Day – a two-day event taking place at the Barrie and Midland campuses in early 2022
  • Additional virtual site tours will be conducted until in-person site tours resume
  • A hands-on Career Day to be held at local schools will include activities and speakers to engage students, parents and teachers