Skills Canada NWT hosted the 18th Annual Power Up! Career Exploration Workshops at the Yellowknife Multiplex on December 3rd and 4th.

The workshops provided Grade 8 students from Yellowknife and surrounding communities an opportunity to learn about exciting careers by participating in various interactive workshops. Students visited different organizations around Yellowknife and had a chance to see what a career would be like in their chosen workshop.

The Grade 8 girls workshops took place Monday and the Grade 8 boys took place the following day on Tuesday.

Each morning the students attended two different career exploration workshops. At the workshops, they participated in various interactive and hands-on activities that taught them about various occupations within the trades and technology sectors. In total there were over a dozen workshop options for students to select from.

Some of these activities included an introduction to carpentry where students built their very own toolbox, others learned about diagnosing and repairing a small engine, while others learned how to determine the age of a moose by examining its teeth.

The Power Up! Career Exploration Workshops serves as an amazing opportunity to showcase the many careers that are available in trades and technology said Skills Canada NWT’s Executive Director, Ali Kincaid.

“This important event exposes students to some incredible careers that they may not have known about. We are hopeful that students will come away with a desire to explore some of these careers further as they begin high school.”

Skills Canada NWT was joined by Cora Rentmeister of Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Education, Culture and Employment. She spoke about the Skills 4 Success initiative, which is aimed at closing education and employment gaps and addressing recruitment and retention challenges in the NWT.