In 2019, CFWD conducted the In-Demand Skilled Trades Survey. Through the survey, we discovered that employers are experiencing difficulties finding young people to fill positions. A consistent theme emerged from the survey. Employers recommended that skilled trades be introduced at a younger age, specifically, to elementary school students as viable career choices. Through the Elementary Skilled Trades Project, CFWD is addressing this recommendation.
The project has two streams of approach. First, it will develop and implement hands-on workshops that will provide students in Grades 5-8 with first hand exposure to four key trades in demand locally. This exposure will better inform students about career paths in skilled trades and assist them in understanding the high school courses that are needed to successfully pursue a skilled trades career. Secondly, it will enhance parental awareness of Skilled Trades as potential viable career options for their children.
CFWD has partnered with our local school boards, Skills Ontario, and Loyalist College to help us bring these workshops to life.