- Who can take this program? Are the courses included in the program designed for all high school students?
- Can girls do this these courses?
- Is this program only designed for non-academic students?
- What kind of equipment will students use?
- What safety standards are in place in the skilled trades program to ensure my child’s safety?
1. Who can take this program? Are the courses included in the program designed for all high school students?
Yes. The program is being designed to appeal to both female and male students with a wide range of academic ability. It will provide a solid foundation of knowledge and hands-on experience for students with a particular interest in skilled trades and technology.
Absolutely! These courses were designed to appeal to both male and female. Already, many schools are reporting a high percentage of females registered.
This is not the old vocational education program. It is for students of all academic abilities and is designed to appeal to students of all levels. In addition to learning about carpentry and electronics, students are introduced to robotics and automation.
Each school has received a complete set of power and hand tools, along with cutting edge industrial tools to help students learn in real work environments. Tools such as double-bevel sliding compound mitre saws, socket sets, biscuits jointers, planers, plunge routers and drywall guns are just some examples.
Safety of students is always the number one priority. Government has invested more than $100,000 in professional development to ensure teachers are fully prepared to teach these courses. They have received extensive professional development on safe and correct use of equipment. All teachers received training and certificates in first aid procedures. At the beginning of the courses, students receive safety training. Students are not permitted to use equipment without the skilled trades and technology teacher present.