OTTAWA — Thousands of students from across the province will descend on Ottawa for the country’s largest annual skilled construction trades career exhibition May 16 to 18.
The event, billed as Future Building 2017, is hosted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) with support from Employment Ontario.
The event will feature information and demonstrations on skilled construction trades ranging from crane operation to masonry and electrical work. Industry professionals, apprentices and trade organizations will be on hand to discuss careers in the construction trades, how technology affects the trades and the educational path for starting an apprenticeship program, notes an OCS media release.
"Job openings are on the rise as the baby boomer population enters retirement. Skilled professionals are in demand, are very well paid, and the aptitudes required to succeed are changing as projects become more technically advanced," said Joe Keyes, president of the board of directors for the OCS. "We’ve partnered with exceptional organizations to produce an extraordinary show and to help participants explore opportunities in a unique, hands-on way."
According to BuildForce Canada’s report titled Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward, over 11,000 workers are expected to retire over the next 10 years in eastern Ontario alone.
Future Building 2017 is expected to attract 7,000 students representing more than 110 high schools. There will also be an evening session on May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a focus on young adults considering a career change.
Future Building 2017 is a free event and takes place at the EY Centre.