This is the kind of program we love seeing!
For the past 25 years, Limestone School Board in Kingston, Ontario has offered a building construction internship program to their students, and last semester, these students worked alongside skilled trades people to build homes in an area subdivision.
Why high school students need to learn about the trades
Not all students have an aptitude for in-classroom learning. Many crave hands-on, tactile lessons. The skilled trades are perfect for these kinds of learners. Skilled trades education in Ontario requires experiences as well as theoretical knowledge that is trade specific. Offering students the courses to learn skilled trades in high school gives them the opportunities they need to be successful outside of the traditional classroom, which isn't the best venue for education for everyone.
As well, with many skilled trades workeds approaching retirement age, Canada is expecting to shortage of licensed skilled trades workers. As students graduate high school, it is important to keep in mind what the job market looks like. With a skilled trades shortage just around the corner, a skilled trades education promises opportunities in an industry that needs workers.