OTTAWA, ONT. — The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) is hosting the Future Building youth career conference in Ottawa May 14 to 16.
The event will take place at Ottawa’s EY Centre, with 6,000 students from across eastern Ontario expected to attend what is billed as the country’s largest construction career exhibition. Future Building is intended to give youths in Grades 7 to 12 a glimpse into careers in the construction sector.
The event is hosted by the OCS with support from Employment Ontario. The event will feature 26 exhibitors with activities including excavating simulators, carpentry and pipe fitting. Exhibitors will also provide information about apprenticeships, education and earning potential in the industry.
“Our economy is reliant on filling job openings with the latest skills and training. Skilled professionals are in demand, are very well-paid, and the aptitudes required to succeed are changing as projects become more technically advanced,” said Robert Bronk, CEO of OCS, in a statement. “Future Building future-proofs the unionized construction industry by providing a platform for youth to see the trades as a dynamic career opportunity.”
“The Future Building show is a great opportunity for young people to try their hand at a trade in a safe and controlled environment,” said Greg Bobier, business manager of the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and Grey Building and Construction Trades Council. “It gives them a good estimation of what the different trades do and how they do it and it also reinforces the union backing in a positive light.”