Students in Grade 7 through Grade 12 in Sault Ste. Marie were able to take a glimpse into the their futures yesterday at the Machine Shop during the Level Up! Job Fair.
According to the province, one in five new job openings in Ontario will be in the skilled trades by 2025. That’s largely due to an anticipated exodus of workers who are set to retire. That means those jobs need to be filled as soon as possible. The province said one in three Ontario workers with an apprenticeship or trade certificate is aged 55 years or older.
Photo’s By Tristan Tremblay
The multi-day events feature interactive exhibitions, hands-on activities, and presentations from tradespeople and local employers showcasing the 144 skilled trades. In 2022, 12,800 students, parents, friends and teachers attended the fairs.
Level Up! is a series of dynamic, multi-day career fairs highlighting the 144 skilled trades, from electricians to boilermakers. Over 25,000 students in grades 7 to 12, as well as parents and jobseekers, will have the opportunity to learn about these trades through interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities while hearing directly from tradespeople and local employers.
This is part of a greater effort by the province to boost interest in the skilled trades.
The Level Up! Job Fair continues today at the Machine Shop Rink.