Over 60 Grade 7-10 Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) students and their parents explored career pathways at the Future Job Fair, held on June 4 at Fleming College’s Frost Campus.
The evening kicked off with a panel discussion on the apprenticeship pathway. Participants learned that, students can start earning hours toward their apprenticeship at the age of 16 in cooperative education courses through Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) opportunities in TLDSB. In select trades, level one trade schooling and some tools and textbooks are covered by OYAP funding.
Attendees then interacted with over 20 skilled trades and applied technology post-secondary programs and career pathways by trying out welding, crane operating, drilling, and auto service simulators. They also had the opportunity to chat with representatives from Fleming College, Durham College, and journeypersons who are currently working in related careers in the City of Kawartha Lakes, including Cameron Steel, TS Manufacturing, and Callaghan Farm Supply. Regional workforce partners from the Eastern Lakeshore Regional Planning Team (ELRPT), the City of Kawartha Lakes, Workforce Development, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and the TLDSB Pathways and Experiential Education team were also on hand to inform students and their parents about pathway possibilities.
The event wrapped up with a demonstration “blast” from the Fleming College Blasting program, with watermelons exploding from the roof of the Frost Campus library!
Attendees were pleased to win career-related door prizes and receive backpacks with pathway swag, including their own mini-toolboxes. When asked for feedback on the event, 91 per cent of students and 98 per cent of parents indicated that the Future Job Fair was helpful in allowing them to see the opportunities available for young workers in high school and the local workforce.