Young Women in Trades and Technology 2018

YWBF2018

Diversified has participated in the CAREERS: The Next Generation program, Young Women in Trades and Technologies Camp, since its inception last year. We are extremely proud to be a part of this highly anticipated program and look forward to supporting it in the years to come.

Jenna Scott, Senior Fleet and Systems Coordinator, has been a big part of Diversified’s involvement in this program, taking the lead in coordinating the activities for this amazing initiative! Rhonda Lockyer, Inventory Control Manager, is also a Journeyman Parts Technician and participates in the program as a Journeywoman Mentor.

During the week-long camps in Fort McMurray, young women in grades 7 through 9 have the opportunity to visit several industrial partnership businesses for hands-on experiential learning. For example, they learned carpentry by building a playhouse with *Habitat for Humanity*, tested out their electrical skills by building and wiring a lamp, and, of course, visited Diversified to try their hands at mechanics!

We set up several stations (see below) for the team of amazing young women to get their hands dirty and learn the basics of personal car care as well as some heavy duty mechanics. Several of them walked away from this workshop confident that becoming a technician was in their future!

Stations:

• Brakes – How to replace brake pads and adjust calipers

• Electrical – Demonstrated the new technologies that are included in our units that aid the technicians in diagnosing issues. We compared a 2018 Prevost to a 2006 Prevost to show the difference in technological advancements

• Preventative Maintenance Services – Participated in various steps of an oil change, such as draining the oil, removing and replacing filters, etc.

• Automotive – Checked out non-coach units, learned how to check tire pressures, change windshield wipers, and replace headlights

At the end of the week, the goal is to spark interest in the minds of young women to consider a career in the trades and give them the confidence to apply for RAP programs in grade 10. Learning the tricks of the trades early will give them a jump-start on their career!

BACKGROUND

Vital to sustaining Alberta’s growth is attracting more youth into apprenticeship and technical occupations, especially more young women. CAREERS: The Next Generation, in partnership with Shell Canada, has recently introduced a Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) program. This prototype model aims to increase the number of young women choosing trades and technologies as a career path. The 'Young Women in Trades and Technologies Camp' will act as an early introduction to non-traditional career pathways. The goal is to expose young women to a selected menu of career paths in the trades and to excite and ignite a passion to enter a trade worksite experience as part of the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) while in high school.

By day-end, the young women will have realized that they have the strength, agility, understanding, smarts, and desire to enroll and succeed in the trades.

This summer camp is intended to build self-confidence, electrify curiosity, and ignite a passion to pursue a career in the trades, a "future worth working for".

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