This year's second 'Tour the Trades' event was held on February 14, 2018, to introduce students to potential work experience opportunities and future career paths at four trades-based businesses in Grande Prairie. Participating in the tour were Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) Grade 11 students Sydney Olderskog and Kattie Williams, along with students from the two other local districts.
The group boarded a bus at Charles Spencer High School at 8:15 a.m. to see the sheet metal trade in action at Lee's Sheet Metal Shop. From there, the group visted M & R Plumbing. After lunch at the Muskoseepi Pavilion, students visited Lonnie's Auto Body, before moving on to Ken Sargent GMC Buick Ltd. (pictured) where they learned about career opportunities as an auto technician, and in the parts department and warehouse.
Trades featured on the tours are in high demand and provide an opportunity for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. Prior to the tours, students complete the Alberta Education Workplace Safety Systems HCS-3000 course. Through a partnership between CAREERS: The Next Generation and school-based off-campus coordinators, students can complete a three-day job shadowing experience at one of the industry partners during the summer months.
Above: Gordon Berg, Parts Manager at Ken Sargent GMC Buick, shares career path advice with Susan Ramroop of CAREERS: The Next Generation (left), and PWA students Sydney Olderskog (middle) and Kattie Williams (right) during the Tour the Trades Event held on February 14, 2018.
Below, left-right: Wayne Orosz, Shop Foreman at Ken Sargent GMC Buick, shares advice on the automotive mechanic trade with PWA shop teacher Riley Morrison, PWA students Sydney Olderskog and Kattie Williams, and Susan Ramroop of CAREERS: The Next Generation.
To view additional photos from the tour, visit PWSD's Facebook page.