Welland, Catholic school board team up to promote careers in trades


Published January 18, 2023 at 9:50 am

In an age of information technology, have skilled careers in the trades been forgotten? After all, buildings still need to be built, electricians will always be needed and plumbing, HVAC and general contracting aren’t going away.

The Welland Economic Development Department and the Niagara Catholic District School Board understand the importance of skilled trades and have teamed up to promote apprenticeship pathways and re-education to the public about the value of skilled tradespeople.

To that end, they’ve banded together to create two events are scheduled in the first half of 2023 – January 19 and May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. –which are open to students and their families.

Stemming from discussions with industry leaders in the city, Welland’s Economic Development team is “well-versed in the needs of industries operating in Welland.”

“We know there will be a shortage of skilled trades workers,” said Lina DeChellis, Welland’s manager of economic development.

“Partnering with the Niagara Catholic and offering a line into what industries are looking for will hopefully shine a light on this very needed, lucrative career path.”

Designed to promote the trades to parents and students in Grades 6 to 10, the events will strengthen the industry-school relationships.

“Niagara Catholic (District School Board) is excited to bring this event to our families and students with the
participation of our industry partners,” said Anthony Corrizzato, Niagara Catholic’s Experiential Learning

“The knowledge that students, parents, and educators will learn from the associations and companies at these events is intended to better prepare students for their post-secondary decisions and highlight the viability of the apprenticeship pathway in our region.”

The first event will take place Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines.

The second will take place on May 17 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls.


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