Colleges Ontario forecasts that by 2030 the province will face a skilled trades shortage of more than 500,000 workers.
Beginning September 2020, Judith Nyman Secondary School will offer the Peel District School Board's Regional Skilled Trades program to Brampton and Caledon students entering grade 9. The hands-on program prepares students to meet skilled trades labour force demands across the province, while also providing experiential learning and career exploration opportunities. The Regional Skilled Trades program is also offered at West Credit Secondary School in Mississauga.
"In Peel, our focus is to empower students by providing them with opportunities to develop their skills and pursue their interests while receiving a high-quality education," says Adrian Graham, superintendent of curriculum and instruction support services. "This is why we're excited to expand the Regional Skilled Trades program and give students more opportunities to develop hands-on skills required for success in college, apprenticeships and the workplace."
Students in the Regional Skilled Trades program at Judith Nyman can choose to specialize in a number of trades preparation courses, including:
- construction technology
- hospitality and tourism
- personal services
- transportation technology
"We're excited to open our doors to students who are interested in the skilled trades and providing them with access to our unique facility that features 15 different industry-standard specialized technology education shops," says Robert Lompart, principal of Judith Nyman Secondary School. "By partnering with industry partners and colleges, we're looking forward to showcasing the importance of the skilled trades and preparing students with the hands-on skills, tools, and sector-specific certifications they need once they graduate from the Regional Skilled Trades program."
Interested families with a teen entering grade 9 next school year are invited to attend the Regional Skilled Trades information nights on Oct. 23 at Judith Nyman and West Credit. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, view the state-of-the-art facilities, and meet with staff and industry professionals. Use the Find Your School tool on the board's website to find out what school your teen will attend based on your home address.
Applications for secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs, including Regional Skilled Trades, will open on Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. and close on Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. To apply, visit www.peelschools.org/regionalprograms.
Judith Nyman is located at 1305 Williams Pkwy. in Brampton. For more information, visit www.JudithNymanSS.com or call 905-791-6770. West Credit is located at 6325 Montevideo Rd. in Mississauga. For more information, visit WestCreditSS.peelschools.org or call 905-858-3087 ext. 412.
Regional Learning Choices Programs (RLCP) empower students by providing an opportunity to develop and explore skills in a particular area of interest. The Peel board provides secondary students from across Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon with 11 different regional programs. The entry point for all RLCP programs is grade 9 and is open to all eligible students. To learn more, visit www.peelschools.org/regionalprograms
Nav Sahota, school communications specialist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2626, [email protected]