TORONTO — The Skills Ontario 2021 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition and Career Exploration Showcase on May 12 will have something for everyone interested in the skilled trades and technologies.
The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST), running in English beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by an all-French version running at 1 p.m. (EST).
Attendance is free and participants will learn about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, take part in a hands-on bridge-building activity, hear from inspiring tradeswomen on their journeys and advice, and become informed about grants, supports and incentives.
The Young Women’s Conference will run in conjunction and offers young women in Grades 6 to 12 an opportunity to hear from mentors and learn about opportunities.
Participants will also join discussions on supports for Indigenous people and hear from Indigenous mentors.
The event also presents an opportunity for youth living with exceptionalities to access resources, inspiration and information. It will feature speakers from Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc., the Job Centre, the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Skills Ontario hosted the Persons with Exceptionalities Conference in March and will be making it available for viewing again on May 12.
“Every year, we host our Skills Ontario Competition and Career Exploration Showcase, and we’re delivering it virtually this year to ensure young people are still given this unique opportunity to pursue skilled trades and technologies,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “The Young Women’s conference is a hit every year, and we’re thrilled to continue hosting it. The skilled trades and technologies are suited for everyone, and women have a place in these careers.”
For more information visit www.skillsontario.com.