March 28, 2012
Carolyn Butterworth heard that the construction industry is going to need 160,000 new workers. So the Grade 8 teacher at Whitchurch Highlands Public School north of Toronto took her students to Future Building, a job fair organized by the Ontario Construction Secretariat in Toronto.
Butterworth made her comments Wednesday in an interview with DCN at Future Building at the Better Living Centre on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. Future Building wraps up Thursday.
John Dametto is in the electrical trade and currently teaches shop at West Credit Secondary School in Mississauga. Along with another teacher, he brought 39 shop students to Future Building, to “convince students that trades are the way to go.”
He stated it’s “great” that they get hands-on experience and it helps reinforce what he tells his students.
“We get instructors who are interested in supplying information to their students,” stated Blair Allin, health and safety and upgrading teacher at International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 128, who was manning his union’s booth at Future Building. “I would think any youth that is looking for employment in any occupation should seriously think about becoming a welder. If you look at all the different construction trades at this trades fair, whether it be boilermakers, pipefitters, iron workers, sheet metal workers, millwrights, they all require welders. And that is a skill that you can use anywhere in the world.”
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