• Skills Canada NWT
  • Skills Canada NWT
  • Skills Canada NWT
  • Skills Canada NWT
  • Skills Canada NWT
  • Skills Canada NWT
  • Skills Canada NWT
Power Up Conferences 2004

The Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife will be the site of the 4 th Young Women's Conference January 31st, 2005 and the 3 rd Young Men's Conference February 14th, 2005. Up to 200 grade eight boys and 200 grade eight girls, representing schools from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will attend the conferences.

The conferences offer students an opportunity to learn about many exciting career options in the areas of skilled trades and technologies. The conference activities include guest speakers, round table discussions, and visits to local businesses and industries where trades and technologies are employed. Approximately 30 business/industry sites will offer 1.5 hour, hands-on workshops during each conference day. Each student will be able to choose and attend two workshops. With limited exceptions, women employed in the trades and technologies will facilitate the Young Women's Conference, while the young men will be mentored by men with expertise in the trade and technology sectors.

Over the two conference days, up to 80 mentors will share their stories/skills and expertise with the grade 8 students attending the conferences. Through discussions and workshop activities, the mentors will put a face to occupations such as carpentry, plumbing, aircraft maintenance, T.V. and radio production, graphic design and sign making, police work and electrical wiring - just to name a few. Participation in the many conference activities and contacts with the mentors will enable students to expand their world-view of the career options available to them. At the same time, through their mentorship, the conferences enable industry and the business community to positively profile their skills/expertise to young people and to subsequently invest in them as employees of the future.

Effectively placing the trades and technologies sectors on the radar screen of choice for youth is our desired and anticipated outcome for the conferences. Feedback from past students, teachers and mentors affirms our belief that these conferences are a powerful way to profile occupations and to create an awareness of the possibilities and benefits related to the trades and technologies careers to northern youth.

Hosting conferences of this magnitude requires community wide interest and support in the form of on site volunteers, mentor volunteers, release time form employers, student chaperones, transportation to and from workshop sites, event sponsorship, donation of prizes for the students, media interest and many in kind contributions. We anticipate receiving the interest and support needed to host these two very successful conferences.

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