The Young Women’s Conference is a one day annual event hosted in Thompson, The Pas, Brandon, Dauphin, and Winnipeg, by Skills Canada Manitoba, which highlights skilled trades and technology occupations.
The event in Winnipeg this year was held on November 15th at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) and grade 9 and 10 girls met female mentors working in the trades or technology fields, participated in team-building and hands-on activities, and received information on employment opportunities and career planning. The conference provides female role models to young women and aims to assist them in planning their future career.
Muriel, Director of Operations at MG Electrical/Mechanical Services, took part in this program for another year as a mentor to the girls. Schools in attendance were Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, Isaac Newton School, Sargent Park School, Immanuel Christian School, and Steinbach Christian School.
The girls spent a day engaged in various activities including trying out different trades in a safe and hands-on environment, meeting the mentors, and taking part in a carpentry activity that saw them build mini-picnic tables as teams. Lunch was prepared by the culinary art students on site to fuel the girls for the keynote speaker, a previous MITT female grad from the Automotive Program.
Volunteers from MITT helped guide the students between shops where they were able to explore a variety of trades:
- Electrical Applications
- Industrial Electrical
- Auto Mechanics
- Network and Computer Technology
- Software Development
It was exciting to watch the students become so engaged in each trade they tried. Some experienced changing a tire, while others tried welding metals. Electrical saw some girls programming a switch while others learned how to properly wire an electrical outlet to make a light work. Their excitement and camaraderie in these sessions was contagious, and they could be the next generations of field workers in our industry.