In the 2018/2019 school year, St. Marys DCVI launched its newest Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Construction.
Students enrolled in the Construction SHSM learn a variety of construction-related skills to help support a career in the Construction sector through one of the four pathways: University, College, Apprenticeship and Workplace.
As part of this SHSM training, students must participate in a reach-ahead activity, which will support their learning by acquiring additional transferable skills that can be used once they enter the workforce.
On May 3rd, to support this reach-ahead, ten St. Marys DCVI SHSM Construction students attended a 1-day welding workshop, run by the Technical Training Group (TTG) at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School.
During the workshop, students had the opportunity to hear first-hand how the welding and construction trades often work together from local St. Marys company, McLean Taylor.
“I was pleased to be part of this workshop, because it is so important to engage youth and let them know all of the career options and potential career paths available to them in construction”, said McLean Taylor Vice President and TTG Board Director Mike Doupe. “We are also very fortunate to have TTG right here at home offering local training and helping students pursue these career paths”.
Students spent the day in the welding shop with TTG Instructors and workshop assistants, who are Level 1 and OYAP Welding Apprentices, learning about basic welding safety, theory and experiencing hands-on MIG welding training.
“We feel it was very important for St. Marys DCVI SHSM Construction students to hear Mike Doupe make the connection between the construction industry and other skilled trades such as welding. Mike used a number of great examples of large-scale projects that McLean Taylor has worked on to demonstrate all of the skilled trade opportunities available to these students”, said TTG Executive Director Cavell Fraser. “TTG is proud to be a partner in helping to expose students to the apprenticeship pathway, which can lead to great local career opportunities in the skilled trades.”