GIRL POWERED is a brand new Skills Canada NWT program aimed at encouraging middle school girls from the Northwest Territories to consider a career in skilled trades or technology.

This program is targeted at girls, to encourage them to consider a career in trades or technology. Currently, women are vastly underrepresented in the Canadian skilled trades and technology workforce, and Skills Canada NWT wants to see more young women pursuing these exciting and fulfilling careers.

While we encourage girls to participate in all of our programs throughout the year, this will be the first program that is targeted specifically at girls ONLY. By targeting grade 8 girls, we hope to spark their interest in trades and technology as they make the transition into high school. Grade 9 is the age when students begin to make their own decisions about what courses they take as they begin to consider different career paths. Our goal is to inspire girls to seriously consider a career in trades or technology, and participating in GIRL POWERED is meant to inspire further exploration in the fields of trades and technology.

For this new program, we will be working with Skills Canada Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to bring five grade 8 girls from a selected school in the NWT to participate in a two-day event in Edmonton.

While in Edmonton, students will participate in the Girls Exploring Trades and Technology Conference held in conjunction with the Alberta Provincial Skills Canada Competition, as well as a customized day of learning and fun focused on trades and technology at NAIT.