Friday, May 8, 2009

Local 37 helps students learn about opportunities in the skilled trades

Local 37, NB Power, and Women in Nuclear (WiN) were the title sponsors of the Skills Work! networking dinner that provided an opportunity for close to 100 female students in grade 9 -12 from the Saint John area to meet and network with a variety of tradeswomen from their community.

The event, which was the first of its kind in New Brunswick, gave the students a unique chance to learn about the skilled trades and technologies by participating in organized networking sessions with the 22 female mentors. Also in attendance were number of educators, dignitaries, community partners, business leaders, and parents.

The mentors were women working, training, or teaching in a skilled trade who shared their experiences and encouraged the students to consider the trades as a rewarding and challenging career choice. It was impressive to see that a number of the mentors were IBEW members - each and every one of them shared encouraging and inspiring messages that will undoubtedly help the young women make informed decisions about their future.

Not only did this event allow the union to connect with a younger generation, it really brought attention to the pride, passion, and professionalism of Local 37 and its members. By continuing to support events such as this one, the union can continue on it progressive and forward thinking path.

The dinner was organized the members of the Point Lepreau WiN chapter and Enterprise Saint John along with Skills Canada New Brunswick which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of youth in New Brunswick. They strive to promote the skilled trades and technologies as a viable, first choice career option for young people throughout the province.

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