Trades programs in Kamloops schools spiking in popularity

District vice-principal Rob Wielgoz said 105 students are registered in the youth work in trades program, up from the previous high of 89. Participation in the hairstyling and trades sampler programs is also higher than ever.

The Kamloops-Thompson school district is seeing record attendance in some trades and transitions programs this fall.

District vice-principal Rob Wielgoz said 105 students are registered in the youth work in trades program, up from the previous high of 89. Participation in the hairstyling and trades sampler programs is also higher than ever.

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“We are hearing from families and there appears to be a hunger for experiential learning, almost as a response to the pandemic,” Wielgoz said. “These are encouraging numbers because interest had declined in March and April, also due to the pandemic.”

Wielgoz said interest in trades and transitions programs rebounded quickly. By mid-May a number of programs were wait-listed.

Health and safety measures that were first piloted with the millwright program have now been put in place to protect students and staff in all trades and transitions programming. These includes measures like clear vinyl sheeting to protect people from each other in shop settings and strict physical-distancing practices.

“In addition, all our students carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with them and they are being trained to wipe down every piece of equipment every time they use it,” Wielgoz said.

The school district is now inviting parents of interested students to attend an interactive online session on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will provide an overview of resources and pathways to careers, supports available at post-secondary institutions and information about scholarships and financial aid.

Parents are asked to register for the free event before 3 p.m. Oct. 21.

Register here for the session.

 

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