Skills Canada NWT

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.


Program Overview

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.

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.

Skills Canada NWT will cover the cost of flights, accommodation, and meals for 5 students and one chaperone from May 7-10, 2019.


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.


Skills Canada Alberta
GETT Conference

GETT highlights the endless career opportunities that are available in trades and technology. Students will talk with certified tradeswomen, apprentices, and technology experts who have pursued non-traditional careers. Their stories, experiences and knowledge will motivate students to open their minds to the diverse career paths available in today’s most dynamic industries.

  • Dozens of Try-A-Trade® activities – students will get to try their hand at trades and technologies like Plumbing, Welding, Aesthetics, Car Painting and more!
  • A presentation from Skills Canada Alberta’s Education Facilitator on the “Future World of Work”.
  • A tour of the Provincial Skills Canada Competition floor, lead by mentors from more than 20 different trade and technology industries.
  • Round-table sessions with the industry mentors.
  • Games, challenges and prizes


As a leading polytechnic, NAIT’s hands-on, technology-based learning and industry services play a key role in advancing science, technology and environmental initiatives, health and safety, trades, and business. Skills Canada NWT is hosting an exclusive event in partnership with NAIT the day after the GETT Conference, including:

  • A reflection on GETT / how this experience will be helpful as they explore career interests
  • A discussion on skills that are important for careers in trades/technology with some hands-on activities
  • Ook Toss (an interactive NAIT information session)
  • Ook Chase (a tour around campus to highlight our services and facilities)


Skills Canada NWT will select one school to participate in this event in 2019. The selected school will send five students and one female teacher chaperone to participate in the event in Edmonton. A Skills Canada NWT staff member will also accompany the group while in Edmonton.

Click the link below to complete the online application on behalf of your school.

Schools will be notified of the selection by April 5, 2019.


If you have any questions, please contact our office.