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Trades Exhibition Hall Grand Opening
On April 16, Techsploration was thrilled to be invited to the grand opening of the Trades Exhibition Hall at the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council (NSCSC) office in Halifax.
The new facility boasts 14 interactive booths giving participants the opportunity to learn specific skill sets associated with construction trades and management occupations ranging from project management, electrical, operating engineering, boiler maker, pipe trades, finishing trades, and many others.
“As an industry sector council, we’ve been very fortunate to have such strong partnerships with management, labour and government. For years, skilled trades have been at the forefront of everyone’s agenda. Do we have enough workers? Do they have the right skills? Are we going to need more? Are we attracting the right people? Are new entrants getting into occupations where there is opportunity? Do they know what’s expected of them? Where are they getting their information from? These are all questions that we constantly discuss at every meeting we go to; the Sector Council really prides ourselves in looking at how we address these issues,” says Trent Soholt, Executive Director of the NSCSC.
Before even opening, the council had received requests from over 38 schools and community groups wishing to coordinate half and full-day events in which participants can experience hands-on trades-related activities. Set-up like a trade fair, participants spend about 20 minutes at each booth learning about careers in skilled trades and trying their hand at a variety of different tasks from bricklaying, inspecting welds, soldering pipe, or using a virtual spray gun.
“We do a dozen career fairs every year, travelling around the province from Yarmouth right up to Sydney and we wanted to figure out a way to take that to the next level. How do we take a static career fair where we take all our brochures, displays and pictures to the next level… how do we get kids and parents directly engaged in what we want to promote as part of the industry?” continued Soholt. “This is where this idea first came up.”
Participants will get to engage with trades professionals, ask them questions like they’ve never been able to do and explore the occupations in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors.
If you are interested in setting up a group visit to the Trades Exhibition Hall, please contact the NSCSC at 902-832-4761 or check out their website for more information.