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Zoee Picard, a Grade 9 student at École secondaire catholique Algonquin, in North Bay, tried her hand at masonry during Collège Boréal's Trades and Technology Exploration Day for the Young Women event March 3. The event was meant to introduce girls in Grades 9 and 10 to the skilled trades and the job opportunities in those fields.
Collège Boréal hosts trades exploration day for young women If you ask Grade 9 student Maddison Loiselle, stereotypes around the trades are shifting with her generation. Loiselle said her Grade 9 wood shop class at Sudbury's École secondaire du Sacré Coeur had more girls than boys. “You wouldn't imagine how many girls are artistic and can handle the heavy machines,” said Loiselle. “So many girls are strong and they can do it.” Canada is facing a skilled trades shortage, and women, who represent around half the workforce, hold only 20 per ce...


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Carpentry training centre to expand
The Carpenters Training Centre is constructing a 3,500-square-foot addition to its training centre located in Azilda (a suburb of Sudbury).The new space, being funded with $388,500 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC), will be used for a drywall, acoustic and lathing apprentice...
Cambrian graduates powerline ground support techs
Sudbury’s Cambrian College graduated 13 Aboriginal students from its line crew ground support training program, the fourth cohort of the program, which started out as a pilot project in 2013.The graduates have completed safety modules and hands-on training in job-site tasks, including pole line ...
Waterpower group partnering with Sudbury university
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is launching new Aboriginal programming through the University of Sudbury. An Aug. 6 joint release said a new partnership agreement will focus on “enhancing indigenous education for waterpower industry professionals.” “The University of Sudbury's Dep...
Collège Boréal to offer pre-apprenticeship program for women
This summer, Collège Boréal will be offering a new pre-apprenticeship training program exclusively to women interested in jump-starting their career as industrial mechanic millwright.The 38-week program, set to begin on July 13, will provide women with hands-on experience in the mechanical field...


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