Calgary Welding Workshop Introduces Young Female Students to Skilled Trades

It is part of an initiative to introduce more females to skilled trades as they prepare for life after high school.

As part of an effort by CAREERS, an Alberta non-profit group, a group of female high school students tried their hands at welding on Saturday at a weekend-long camp to encourage more skilled trades.

The initiative is to introduce more girls to the trade as they prepare for schooling and careers after high school, said CTV News. The two-day workshop in Calgary brought together female-identifying young people in grades 9-12 to try construction and welding, said the report.

According to Global News, CAREERS teamed up with several groups, including Women Building Futures and Boilermakers Union 146, to give the students proper training in welding and construction.

Speaking to CTV News, Nathalie McKean, CAREERS program coordinator said “it’s really important for young people to start trying out and exploring the skilled trades so they understand this is an option for them. We are trying, in Alberta, to reduce the skilled trade labor shortage that we have.”

“The best way to do that is inspiring the local youth towards a career path that’s available to them that they may not have otherwise experienced”, she said. 16 students from across Calgary took part in the event.

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