Skilled Trades Expo brings trades alive for 500 secondary school students
May 11, 2015

Two women wearing safety goggles hold a small chainsaw in the Midland Campus shop

Adult learners Michelle Lakey (left) and Theresa Parent work on a chainsaw on the first of three days of hands-on skilled trades workshops in May 2014 at Georgian’s Robbert Hartog Midland Campus. The Expo offers potential students the chance to try trades ranging from electrical to welding.

More than 500 secondary school and Grade 8 students from 32 schools throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka will spend a day at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus between May 12 and 14, taking part in hands-on workshops highlighting skilled trades.

Each student will gain experience in two of the 12 trades. Secondary school students attend on the first two days, while the third day is reserved exclusively for Grade 8 girls.

This is an annual event that’s thoroughly enjoyed by students as well as Georgian faculty and staff who help make each day a remarkable one for participants.

Georgian College and Hydro One also offer a free evening workshop May 12 exclusively for women who want to learn more about careers in the skilled trades. Participants will hear from a panel of speakers, enjoy a barbecue dinner and take part in a hands-on electrical, marine engine or marine navigation workshop.