Try-a-trade returns

By Geoff Lee

April 20, 2016 3:28 PM

The 7th annual bi-provincial Try-A-Trade Career Expo will get underway May 4 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds with a variety of trades demos for up to 2,000 regional students.

It’s a challenge for the Lloydminster Construction Association to re-invent the bi-provincial Try-A-Trade Career Expo each year, but they are sure they’ve done it once again.
The 7th annual event will take place at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on May 4 with some new and refreshed exhibits and trade demonstrations to interest up to 2,000 regional students in trade career paths.
“It’s shaping up quite good,” said Dorothy Carson LCA executive director.
“We’ve got a number of exhibitors booked in and we’re looking forward to having the same amount of students attend.”
New this year will be a small engine repair demo by Lethal Motorsports and Aluma Systems in Lloydminster is expected to set up a scaffolding display.
There will also be a new plumbing exhibit while perennial exhibitors like Atco Electric will be back with their high voltage safety demonstration.
Try-A-Trade showcases 51 designated trades in seven industries including automotive, building, electrical, industrial, metal, piping and service.
Carson expects this year’s Try-A-Trade to be slightly smaller than last year given the economy, but it will have the same focus as usual.
“There is a downturn in the economy, but exhibitors do find it important to let the youth and general public know the trades are still a viable option as a first career choice,” she said.
“We have a lot of companies that are involved in the trades.”
Recruiters from Lakeland College, North West Regional College in North Battleford and Sask Polytech in Saskatoon will be on hand to provide students with post secondary learning options in the trades.
The key to the success of the event over the years is having buy-in from the schools, said John Winter, a director on the LCA board.
“They bring in kids from a couple of hours away by bus to the day,” he said. “The kids are what make it all happen.”
The Buffalo Trails Schools Division has made it mandatory to send all of their Grade 10s.
“They find it to be a learning experience for their students and the exhibitor are always willing to talk about their trades to the youth and the general public,” said Carson.
She said the Lloydminster Public School Division sends their Grade 9s.
“Try-A-Trade gives them a taste of the trades and an idea of some courses available to them when they attend Lloydminster Comprehensive High School,” said Carson.
The show is open to the general public who is invited to see what the trades are all about under one roof including a demo in the making by Cooper Concrete that Winter owns.
Cooper Concrete has demonstrated everything from tying rebar to placing concrete over the years.
“I’m not sure what kind of construction spin we’ll put on it this year,” said Winter.
“It’s good to let them know what it feels like and if it’s something that interests them post secondary.”
Winter said it’s important as a business owner to have a booth at the show knowing today’s youth are the next generation of workers.
The event will include a breakfast for exhibitors with speakers from Alberta and Saskatchewan government event sponsors on job grants and employment programs.

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