Male tradesperson trains young female trades student to operate a machine panel in an industrial setting.

Made for Trades at Selkirk College

March 7, 2023

Selkirk College hosted the annual Made for Trades event at the Silver King Campus on March 3. 

Over 40 Grade 10 students from Salmo Secondary, Mount Sentinel Secondary, and L.V. Rogers Secondary spent the day learning more about a range of opportunities to train for a career in trades such as carpentry, electrical, welding, cooking, and hairdressing.

"I witnessed a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement here today and I think this hands-on experience has prompted many of these students to want to enroll in the Youth Foundation Trades program at the college in Grade twelve," said SD8 Trades Training teacher coordinator Chris Chambers. 

In addition to the Made for Trades event, Mt. Sentinel Trades Sampler program students are already learning welding, one of several trades as part of their semester at Selkirk College between February and May, 2023.

"The students are loving the program, and all of them are interested in continuing in the trades program pathway," said Tamara Malloff, District Principal of Secondary and Innovative Learning for SD8. 

SD8 Youth Trades is a program dedicated to supporting students who are interested in a career path that starts in the trades. Youth Trades introduces students to the world of technical trades, helps them figure out what path they would like to pursue, and supports them in their transition to technical training and entering a career in the trades.

Youth Trades partners with post-secondary institutions like Selkirk College to help students find a rewarding and reliable career that jibes with their strengths and passions.