Getting some hands-on experience with soldering at last year’s Try-A-Trade show was Sheldon Morin, a Grade 10 student at Holy Rosary High School. Expect to see similar scenes at this year’s show at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on May 2. FILE PHOTO
The Lloydminster Construction Association (LCA) and its partners are ready to host another hard hat careers day for more than 1,600 regional students in the Border City.
The 9th annual bi-provincial Try-A-Trade will take place at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on May 2 with the purpose of encouraging students to consider careers in 51 designated trades with seven industries represented.
“This event enables students to look at a lot of trades in one spot,” said Dorothy Carson, executive director of the LCA.
Try-A-Trade is also sponsored by Lakeland College and the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Carson said students from both provinces can roll up their sleeves to take part in some trade demos and chat with tradespeople about how they got their start as well as speak with prospective employers.
“Basically, what we’re finding is there is a lack of skilled workers out there,” said Carson.
“Some companies are hiring, but they are looking at skilled trades, and they are getting harder to find.”
Carson said teachers from participating schools also like Try-A-Trade with the involvement of trades educators such as Lakeland College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
“It’s just beneficial to everybody and gives everybody the opportunity to see what kind of trades you can get involved in,” she said.
This year, students will be bussed in from as far away as St. Paul Regional High School in Alberta.
NAIT from Edmonton will be also taking part for the first time as an exhibitor.
Carson said they plan to set up 10 booths that will likely be a mix of demos and equipment for prospective students when the list is finalized.
“What they let us know is they heard about our event and they are trying to hit the bigger events within Alberta,” said Carson.
“They’ll bring different trades to show what they have to offer.”
Portage College and Northwest Community College will also have information booths on trades courses for students as usual.
Safety will also be top of mind at this year’s show that follows the national day of mourning exercise for fallen workers on April 27 at Lloydminster City Hall and North American Occupation Safety and Health (NAOSH) week April 6-12.
Rob Ellis, the founder of MySafeWork a not-for-profit organization with a mission to prevent workers from getting killed and injured on the job, will make two 15 minute presentations to Try-A-Trade students.
He launched MySafeWork after his son David was killed by the blades of an industrial mixer at a bakery in Oakville, Ont., in 1999 on his second day on the job.
He was only 18 at the time and received no orientation or training on the job.
Ellis will be advising students of what they should be aware of when they are looking for jobs or when they are working in the field and prepare them to ask questions to make sure the job that they are assigned to do is being done in a safe manner.
“We just find it’s a nice promotion for the students to be aware that they need to be safe at home and at work,” said Carson.
In related news, LCA and the Lloydminster Chamber held a job fair in the Prairie Room at the exhibition grounds on April 10 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
This was their first one since 2014.
Recruiters of interest included Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority with the Lloydminster casino well under construction and oil companies such as Titanium Tubing Technology, Eagle Well Servicing, CWC Energy Services, Foremost and Clearstream Energy Services.