Welcome to Explore the Trades! Halton’s 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 great 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 Jamie McMillan
Journeyman Ironworker and Motivational Speaker
Jamie McMillan is a Motivational Speaker, Journeyman Ironworker, Apprentice Boilermaker, Author, Visionary and Advocate for Skilled Trades, Technology, Mental Health, Homelessness and Youth.
Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working a male dominated workforce and is on mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes.
A tireless advocate for the skilled trades, she has have gained international notoriety for opening doors and minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors. In 2019 Jamie was named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as co-chair on a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to promote careers in skilled trades for youth.