With the arrival of the warm June weather our Trade Journey Program is all warmed up too and had a lot of new learning experiences.
We started off the month with a full week at Sask Polytechic learning the basics of the electrical trade. Our group of women then quickly applied their new skills to the sheds that they had constructed and where they wired in several lights, plugs and switches. They even installed a motion sensor security light. They really enjoyed their time at the electrical training lab. So, the two sheds are complete. One shed was auctioned off at the Women of Distinction Awards Night and the other one is already sold!
June continued to be busy with a focus on math concepts, resume and interview preparation and work place realities lessons. The group has continued to meet and learn from people in the trades industry including Union Representatives, SIIT Coordinators, and local trades women including a plumber, a machinist and 2 female fire fighters! They all gave very inspiring stories about their experience working in male dominated workplaces in Saskatoon.
Our participants did not stop there! They also completed their First Aid and CPR Training, Confined Space and Fall Arrest Tickets at Prairie Arctic Regional Council. They are wrapping up a busy month with another week dedicated to gaining plumbing experience at Sask Polytechnic.
We are also looking ahead and planning for the upcoming work placements and our participants are considering which trade they are most interested in now that they have had some exposure to carpentry, electrical and plumbing. This Trade Journey Program is in week 10 so there are only 3 more weeks of class instruction and then they will be on a job site gaining invaluable work experience! They are all so excited to get to put their new knowledge and skills to work! Stay tuned!