Welcome to Explore the Trades! Halton’s first virtual trades exploration event for Grade 7 students. We hope that you and your teachers learn a great deal about the trades and technologies today and walk away with a better understanding of the possibilities that your future may hold. We’ll ask you to start by watching this video: Welcome to the Skilled Trades.
Welcome to the Skilled Trades
Keynote address by Mandy Rennehan
Skilled Tradesperson and CEO of Freshco.
Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear) is called the Blue-Collar CEO™ for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the white- and blue-collar worlds, and to respectfully ‘tell it like it is’. Mandy is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trade industry ambassador. Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ to help solve the massive skilled trade shortage in North America.
Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones. Society needs both collars, and if we do not change this, the crippling effects of the skilled labour shortage will only get worse. Bear is also a lead advisor to the federal government’s national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career.