Future electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters and automotive technicians who are still in elementary school had their first look at a career in trades on March 6 in Surrey.
Six hundred Grade 6 and 7 students from the Surrey school district attended a unique field trip to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s trades and technology campus in Cloverdale. The trip’s objective was to expose young students and their families to the countless benefits and opportunities offered by a career in the trades.
“This is a chance for students to explore what a trades career looks like,” says Susan Chow, principal of career education for Surrey Schools. “Few students have the benefit of insight like this at their age.”
The field trip is the result of a partnership between the district and Kwantlen Polytechnic, with support from the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
Kwantlen Polytech provides trades and technology programming aimed at meeting the rising demand for skilled trades workers and apprenticeships. The 11 and 12 year-old students and their parents were given a tour of the campus and took part in hands-on activities.
Learn more about the program and how high school students can gain credit toward technical training programs before graduation at www.kpu.ca.