Posted on: September 27, 2017
As many foundation and apprentice programs in the Trades and Technology department are based on year-round classes, it usually takes the buzz out of the September ‘Back to School’ start to semester-ized classes on campus. However, with more women coming into various trades programs over the past month alone, it seemed like the perfect time to take the opportunity for the women to meet each other.
On September 20, 2017, approximately 23 students gathered to meet each other, enjoy a free lunch and get to know a little bit of information about being a woman in a Trades based school. Students came from many different trades programs; electrician and welding students to plumbing and horticulture students. With pizza in hand, the women were able to have the opportunity to hear from the Dean of Trades, Baldev Pooni, as he welcomed them and gave information about upcoming Trades and Technology programs to be offered at TRU. He also discussed the TRU School of Trades and Technology’s strong focus on safety, and of course reminded the students to have fun and grow while here!
Industry Training Manager, Heather Hamilton was quick to follow afterward, giving information about bursaries, funding, job skills training, upcoming Women in Trades focus groups and more. The women seemed interested it all the different future opportunities for Women in Trades programs at TRU and asked excellent questions. The women especially perked up when hearing about all future social events planned for other women in trades programs including special events, hiking group, and pub nights.
None of those who attended left empty-handed thanks to the brand new RBC Women in Trades cell phone organizers they received. Holding important cards and doubling as a phone stand, these cell phone cases are perfect for any woman in a trades program who do not tend to carry purses or wallets while in the shops or at work. Thanks RBC for such a useful tool for our trades students and alumni. The colourful cases are a great way for the Women in Trades programs to show off that they are a proud TRU WITT member. Not to fret if you didn’t receive one, there will be future events and opportunities down the road with more chances to score valuable life skills, networking opportunities, meet potential friends in trades programs, and pick up some WITT SWAG.
See you at the next event!