Young women encouraged to try trades
May 11, 2015

A young woman wearing safety goggles works on an electrical component in a shop/classroom.To help promote the skilled trades to women, Georgian and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program offered over 80 high school students a chance to take part in hands-on workshops at the Owen Sound Campus last week. Participants tried carpentry, welding, electrical, precision skills, and more.

One of the highlights for the students was meeting Kate Campbell, carpenter, from HGTV’s Decked Out and Disaster Decks. She helped the students build a blanket box and answered questions about her experiences in the industry. Through Kate, students got a taste of the skilled trades and learned some of the myths about women working in the field.

The Robbert Hartog Midland Campus is offering a Women in the Skilled Trades event – sponsored by Hydro One – on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Participants will take part in hands-on workshops, hear from successful women, connect with current Georgian students and enjoy a free barbecue dinner. If you know anyone who might be interested, encourage them to register by contacting Linda Pinto at or 705.728.1968, ext. 1427.