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April 1, 2014 by STAFF REPORT

Students considering a career in the skilled trades will have the opportunity to try their hand during a three-day crash course at Future Building 2014.

Hosted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat and Employment Ontario, more than 8,000 students from Grade 7 to 12 will take part in Future Building 2014 next week.

The event, which runs from April 8 to 10 at Mainway Recreation Centre in Burlington, Ont., promises three days of interactive exhibits across a variety of skilled construction trades.

Students will receive one-on-one instruction from professional tradespeople currently employed in the construction sector. They will also have the chance to ask questions about education, training, job satisfaction and career opportunities.

“For two or three generations, kids have been told that the only path to a career with a good salary winds its way through a university,” says Sean Strickland, CEO of the Ontario Construction Secretariat. “But that is not the case. Entering trade school and becoming an apprentice is a path with career opportunities and good paycheque at the end of it.”

For more information visit www.futurebuilding.ca.