Career Expo highlights opportunities in trades for women and those that identify as women

Talk about a golden opportunity: Women currently make up 48% of the workforce, but they only comprise roughly 4% of the sector that in Ontario alone needs more than 190,000 workers — the skilled trades. 

These are successful, rewarding careers that have been historically held by men. But there are also many women now working as welders, carpenters, machinists, arborists and in other professions that require creativity, critical thinking and the use of advanced technology.

The Waterloo Region District School Board wants young women in Grades 7-12 and their families to Dream Big when thinking about a career in the skilled trades. To help them learn more, it is hosting, in partnership with Build a Dream, a free Virtual Career Discovery Expo on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

As part of the Expo, students and their families can learn about the many in-demand careers available and how to connect the different stages of a career plan. The event features:

  • Pathways Presentations: Discover opportunities you can access in high school
  • Dream Makers: Hear inspirational women share their career journeys
  • Industry Secrets: Learn what companies look for & how to get an edge
  • Breakout rooms, games, prizes!

School representatives will also highlight amazing programs such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), Co-op, and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) that give students a road map and head start on entering a career in the trades.

The demand for women tradespeople has been climbing steadily. Women are needed in the skilled trades and are valued the same as men. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about what the trades have to offer. 

You can register for this free event at  For additional information, please contact:

Categories: OYAP · Pathways