TNT Industry Career Fair

Posted On Thursday March 16, 2023

Almost 100 students from across SD73 gathered at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre on March 7th for this School District initiative: A Career Fair connecting trades-minded students with 23 local employers. There are a couple of things that make this career fair unique. First, we focus on students interested in a future in Trades, highlighting trades as an excellent first-choice career.  Second, we support students to have deeper, meaningful conversations with the men and women working in their preferred industries. Students identified their primary interest as Construction, Mechanical/Industrial or Hospitality, and then were seated at dinner with the tradespeople, business owners and/or Human Resource managers within that industry. Following dinner students could wander the room, meet more employers, and explore the amazing trade fair booths that employers had set up.  

This event highlights the Career Development Department's commitment to equity and connection/relationships. One employer commented that it was "very encouraging to see so many female students interested in the trades although our population is almost 50/50 there are only about 5% of women in the trades." Another employer was so impressed with the young men and women of SD73: "It was extremely uplifting to witness these young adults step outside their comfort zone and put themselves out front and center. I was impressed with the attitudes and respectfulness in which everyone conducted themselves."

Thank you to all the businesses who joined us on March 7th and to all the Trades and Transitions Coordinators and Career Education teachers who supported students. 

Sheila Brown, District Coordinator – Trades and Transitions

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