Skills Ready has kicked off the Fall Season with a total of six workshops in late September, providing participants with an intro to metalwork and the trades careers in both Vancouver and Prince George areas.
Skills Ready Director of Project Operations, Rene Ragetli is joined by sheet metal worker Sheila Sadler for the Lower Mainland workshops, while the SD57 Trades and Careers Office’s Doug Borden, Erin Thomas and Bruce Northrop were on hand for workshops taking place in the Prince George area.
Developed by Sadler, the workshops help to raise an awareness of careers in the trades, with an emphasis on the metal trades. The fast-paced workshops include participants from Grades 7– 12 creating copper bracelets with the assistance of workshop faculty.
“It feels great to be back in the saddle again,” said Ragetli. “It’s always a great feeling to work with passionate and talented educators to deliver fun, hands-on workshops.”
In total, the Skills Ready workshops feature three secondary schools: Kitsilano Secondary, Mackenzie Secondary and Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School. In line with the workshop’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, each session featured a maximum of 15 students. A half-hour break between groups allows for proper cleaning and sanitizing of participant work stations.
“For the younger grades, we also want to let them know how much fun working hands-on can be,” Ragetli added.