YOUTH DISCOVER THE TRADES
PROJECT IDEAS

Welcome to the Youth Discover the Trades ideas page, where you can explore other school districts’ events by theme and location. Please note: our funding parameters allow your district to host events big and small, aimed at four audience groups: students, parents and students, educators, and employers.

Consider other themes that inspire and excite youth about the trades—such as environmental sustainability and energy conservation, technology and innovation, or social responsibility. This page highlights some innovative events that schools have initiated in the past.

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Ambitious Partnerships

WILLIAMS LAKE – ELEMENTARY-FOCUSED

These elementary students had a true hands-on experience as they completed several projects in each trade they encountered. This ambitious event brought industry participation in the form of extra funds, materials and personnel to assist in the day. Students were continuously touching, operating, handling and problem solving. Proper safety equipment, hair ties, hearing and eye protection were provided for all. Students completed various activities as they went from trade shop to trade shop at both a high school and TRU facilities. There was a true community and team atmosphere at this event, and students left the day with three completed projects:

  1. An extension cord they wired
  2. A boot scraper they welded from metal
  3. A wooden bird feeder, and some door prizes

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Attract Employers

RICHMOND – EMPLOYER-FOCUSED

This event attracted a completely new audience: potential employers. Efforts were spent in personally inviting old, new, and some completely undecided employers to learn more about the Youth Train in Trades and Youth Work in Trades programs, as well as work experience opportunities. An experienced employer presented the benefits and realities of employing and mentoring youth from an employer’s perspective; trades students spoke about their experiences; and employers asked questions about the programs. Round tables included an opportunity to meet Youth Train in Trades and Youth Work in Trades students, learn about grants and tax credits from ITA, receive WorkSafeBC information, and ask questions of employers already involved. Several new connections were made, as employers discovered with what students were learning in high school and saw the potential for employing youth.

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Career Conversations

NORTH VANCOUVER – HIGH SCHOOL & PARENT-FOCUSED

This event for high school students and accompanying family members targeted an important goal: involving parents in career conversations. High school students were prepared to conduct informational interviews with professionals representing 50 different career options. In a speed dating format, parent and student each had three-to-five interviews, led by the student. This well-organized one-to-one experience, along with a great key note speaker and excellent marketing made for high attendance and rave reviews.

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Community Legacy

NEW WESTMINSTER – MULTIPLE AGES AND GRADES

This event involved various activities spread over several days. Students began with a “Find your Fit” tour, then attended hands-on activities and heard from several speakers including apprentices and Red Seal tradespeople. Tech Ed 9 and Youth Train in Trades carpentry students built garden boxes, and both high school and elementary students planted the boxes together in a horticulture session.

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Inspire

VANCOUVER SCHOOL DISTRICT – HIGH SCHOOL-FOCUSED

This inspiring event featured successful trades alumni giving individual presentations, followed by a panel style question and answer session. Grade 10 students and their teachers heard first-hand accounts of this career path—from the initial decision to pursue a trade, through lifestyle and career growth. Afterwards, the speakers made themselves available to talk to students individually. There were also a variety of trades booths and displays to explore.

Project-Based Learning

DAWSON CREEK – ELEMENTARY-FOCUSED

Elementary students applied project-based learning and design thinking as they designed and built go-carts. The participants interviewed younger primary students, developed prototypes, marketed and presented their ideas, and learned about budgeting, driver’s safety and team work. They then built and raced their go-carts as a team. There was much excitement and an entrepreneurial spirit to this event.