Orillia Explore the Trades event planned for May 27

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The Orillia and District Construction Association is co-operating with the Orillia Manufacturers Association and local school districts in organizing a special skilled trades education awareness event on May 27.

A letter to potential exhibitors describes the Explore the Trades Event as an opportunity to “connect with students and showcase the talent and capabilities of our local industry leaders, while promoting awareness of career opportunities right here in our own backyard.”

The event, at the Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute (ODCVI/Park( will be set up in a trade show type format with students rotating through the show throughout the day and evening, organizers say in the letter describing the program.

“To reach as many students as possible, the school boards are assisting in the co-ordination of busing for secondary students currently enrolled in, or interested in, skilled trades programs throughout the morning and early afternoon,” the letter says. “Additionally, Grade 8 students and their parents, as well as post-secondary students will be invited to attend the evening portion of the show.

“Local organizations will be on-hand to provide information on scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as supplementary learning and training possibilities. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring hands-on samples of machinery and products to engage the next generation of students (and potential future employees!)”

For more information, you can complete the Employer Registration Form and return it by April 28, or call Stephanie Stanton at (705) 329-0444.