Welland teams up with school board to attract students to trades


Published May 15, 2023 at 10:31 am

Saint Michael Catholic High School (8699 McLeod Rd) will host the second trades promotion night for Catholic senior public and high school students on Wednesday.

When Welland and the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) teamed up in January to host a trades promotion night, over 300 students and parents braved the cold to check it out.

Part Two is coming Wednesday (May 17) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls and Welland’s Economic Development Department will be bringing industry leaders for its city to show students that trades workers are not only in demand, they are also well-compensated.

“It’s no secret that skilled trade workers are in high demand,” said Lina DeChellis, Welland’s economic development manager.

“Our focus continues to be on understanding what the City of Welland needs to attract new businesses and to help prepare our emerging workforce to meet the needs and requirements of the exciting industries calling Welland home.”

The event tries to promote the trades to parents and students in Grades 6 to 10 while at the same time, strengthening the industry-school relationship.

“Our goal is to promote all post-secondary pathways to our students and highlighting the local opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies with our industry partners provides real examples of apprenticeship success,” explained Kim Kinney, NCDSB’s Superintendent of Education responsible for the Program and Innovation portfolio.

“The realities of the apprenticeship pathway may appeal to students who are college- or university-bound and this event is designed to provide the information to parents and students directly from industry.”


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