Trevor Chown’s interest in welding began in high school during his time in a shop class. Upon learning the basics of welding, Trevor realized it came quite naturally to him. Observing this same attribute, Trevor’s shop teacher approached him with the idea of taking a South Island Partnership (SIP) Dual Credit Program with Camosun College. Trevor jumped at the opportunity and completed his Trades Exploration program.
SKILLS CANADA BC REGIONAL COMPETITION
Trevor’s teacher at Camosun saw great potential in him and asked if he’d be interested in competing in the Skills Canada Regional Competition taking place on March 7 at Camosun College. Trevor competed in the Post-Secondary Welding Competition. He came in second place and received the silver medal.
THE SPRING OPPORTUNITIES EVENT
Directly following the Skills Canada Regional Competition, The Construction Foundation held a Spring Opportunities Event which gave students and competitors the opportunity to meet with employers and practice their interview skills. Over 25 students/competitors attended event, connecting with 10 industry professionals. Students discussed their career goals and education plans with the employers in hopes to find future employment. Trevor participated in this event and spoke about his career plans with a few of the employers at the event.
As a result of this event, Trevor had the opportunity to meet Russ Jennings of United Engineering to discuss possible work opportunities. Trevor sent in his resume and asked to visit the worksite for a shop tour. Russ replied asking Trevor if he available for an interview that day. Trevor visited the shop, completed his interview and was hired on the spot. His first shift started just one hour later.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
Trevor plans to begin his apprenticeship in Welding. Once Trevor receives his red seal in welding he will continue his education with an apprenticeship in metal fabrication.
Trevor is excited for his bright future and encourages middle school and secondary school students to connect with counsellors and shop teachers to discuss education and career options in the skilled trades.