Students Learn About Skilled Trades

Students Learn About Skilled Trades
Posted on 11/12/2020
Students working on their house designsStudents work on their house designs

Students in Mrs. Gate's Grade 2 class at Pope John Paul II School are taking part in National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.

Students have been learning about different skilled trades, and after learning about all the skilled tradespeople it takes to build a house attempted to make their own!

Teacher Trish Gate spoke about why she wanted to teach her students about the skilled trades.

"So that my kids know what jobs are available for them and can learn to do some of the trades, even if it is not a permanent job. They are excellent skills to have and learn. We discussed all the people involved in building a house and some of my kids parents are carpenters." she said.

Kelly Sundmark is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and she spoke about the importance of introducing the skilled trades in elementary school.

"It is important that kids learn about skilled trades at a young age so that they become aware that these careers exist and they should be considered just the same as a job obtained after college or university. These are valuable career options that provide job security and great pay. We want these resources to be conversation starters at home with the parents and their children as they are the largest influence on a child's pathway." She said.

Mrs. Sundmark was so impressed with the houses built by the students she gifted them t-shirts and sunglasses.

Student works on her house designStudents present their finished house
Students try on their gifts from Mrs. Sundmark
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