Promoting the trades to students

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April 16, 2015 8:15 AM

It’s almost time for the sixth annual Try a Trade Career Expo which will be put on by the Lloydminster Construction Association (LCA) on May 6 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.

The event is held to promote the various trades to high school students and also offers employers a chance to give back to the community and promote their lines of work.

“Basically we’re just showing them (students) that the trades are a first option instead of a second option,” said Dorothy Carson, executive director for LCA.

“We’re just promoting the trades and we’re providing them the information from employers as to what they would do in a day’s work and the colleges provide them with the information on how to obtain that trade through education.”

Roughly 1,800 students will have the chance to check out the 60 exhibitors, many of which have interactive displays and hands-on activities used to get the attendees interested and engaged. The RM Of Wilton will be bringing in a heavy equipment simulator and Lakeland College will have a welder on hand for students to try out.

Carson said some of the exhibitors have been coming to the Try a Trade since the beginning, so they always bring something new and different for people to play with.

“They’re getting quite good at their booths and engaging the students to ask questions and take part,” she said.

The Lakeland Regional Safety Committee, the Alberta Construction Safety Association and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association will also be on hand to show students how to be safe on job sites. They’ll have a maze and students will have to do field-level risk assessments to determine objects that shouldn’t be on a job site. Then there will be prizes and awards for students who take part in these activities.

Though the event is mostly geared toward high schoolers, the doors will also be open to the general public and anybody looking for more information on the trades. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and people are welcome to go down and talk to the colleges and employers on the trade they’re interested in.

“It’s a great event,” said Carson. “People need to come down and take a look at the exhibitors and what they have to offer.”

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