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The Halton District School Board is excited to offer the 2024 Explore the Trades!

This virtual event for Grade 7 students will take
place on two days:
Wednesday, April 17 – 1:20 – 2:50 or
Tuesday April 23 – 9:00 – 10:30

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Welcome HDSB Grade 7 Students and Educators!

Explore the Trades! is a virtual event for all grade 7 students and their teachers to inform, inspire, and raise the profile of the skilled trades as a rewarding and challenging career pathway for our students. Today you will learn more about what the skilled trades and technologies are all about, the wide range of career possibilities they have to offer, and what next steps you can take to explore your options in the trades. We hope you enjoy every minute of this virtual experiential learning and pathway planning event.  


If you're interested in exploring the trades further, speak to your classroom teacher, Student Success teacher, or Guidance Counsellor for more information!

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Follow along by clicking on each button on the menu (above) to participate in each part of today’s event agenda. This includes:


9:00 am Welcome and Keynote Speaker
9:20 am Breakout 1 (click on the link of interest)
9:40 am Breakout 2 (click on the link of interest)
10:00 am Breakout 3 (click on the link of interest)
10:20 am So You’re Interested In the Trades, Now what?


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There is an urgent need for skilled trades workers ATM


According to a recent Royal Bank of Canada report, there is an immediate and urgent need for workers in the skilled trades, and that shortage is only going to get greater as we get out of the pandemic and see the economy roar back to life. According to the report, in the next 5 years, there will be a shortage of at least 100,000 workers in the trades, in part because more than 700,000 skilled tradespersons are expected to retire by 2028. Skilled Trades people often are also business owners, supervisors and teachers.


The Halton District School Board offers a number of ways to explore the skilled trades. This is part of a provincial-wide push to boost interest in the skilled trades. For example, all high school students entering Grade 9 in 2024 will be required to take a mandatory shop class credit in order to graduate.

Learn more about the path to a skilled trades career at

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