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Students Discover Opportunities at the Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair

Apr 22, 2015

My name is Josh. I graduated from high school two years ago and after spending a year at university taking psychology classes, I realized it wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve been working part-time at a coffee shop. A few months ago, after I got home from my shift, my mom told me I needed to start paying rent. There was no way I could pay rent with the money I was making and still go travelling with my friends like we planned.

Luckily, my mom had recently noticed an ad for the Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair and suggested I check it out. I visited www.delta.ca/careerfair online and learned that the Career Fair would have approximately 100 interactive exhibits featuring all kinds of different trades. I watched the highlights video and it looked like last year’s event was a lot of fun. Plus, I saw that I could win awesome prizes just by taking a selfie at the event, so I texted my friends to go with me.

As soon as we got in we were blown away by all of the people, exhibits to look at, and the food trucks outside. I can’t even remember all of the trades I got to try; I was laying bricks at Kwantlen’s masonry booth, auto painting on a paint simulator, and welding, to name a few.

My friends and I took selfies to try and win some prizes and one of us even won a $50 gift card. We saw the Trans Mountain presentation on the show stage, talked to experts at the Talk-to-a-Trade mini-event, and learned about apprenticeship grants through Service Canada.

For me, the event highlighted a solid benefit of a career in trades—the money. I could start training for these careers right away and start earning money—good money—in a few months. No more $11/hour at the coffee shop. No more odd jobs for a few bucks. I had no idea I could make $28/hour as an electrician or $44,000/year as a baker.

With all of these great options available it was hard to choose one, but I loved the experience of welding. Crafting something with metal and heat was so cool, and I learned it’s a trade that can cross over into many industries. I also found out I could make great money as a welder. In less than a year, I could be earning way more than twice what I was making at the coffee shop. I could pay rent to my mom. I could travel. I could move out; maybe I could even save up and buy a place of my own.

Two months after the Career Fair, I was enrolled in a welding program and I’m now well on my way to becoming a journeyman welder. I only wish I’d found this opportunity sooner.

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Josh is fictional, but his experience is not. Come to the Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair on Thursday, April 30, at Sungod Recreation Centre and you could discover your future career like Eric Yuen, past attendee and current millwright:

In grade 10, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a career. All I knew was that I wanted to do something in trades. I decided to go to the trades fair and it helped me find my career as a millwright. The following year I completed the ACE-IT millwright foundation program at KPU and obtained my Level 1 ITA apprentice registration.

Here's what others have to say: 

"Trans Mountain is proud to participate in the Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair where we will showcase the wide array of employment opportunities needed to support project construction, " says Greg Toth, Senior Project Manager, Trans Mountain Expansion Project. "Skilled trades people are in high demand and needed for the pipeline construction work force, with the skills also transferable to other industries."

"Through the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint we are committed to preparing the skilled workforce that our growing economy needs. The Find Your Fit tour at the Career Fair will ensure that our youth have the tools and resources necessary to consider the full range of in-demand occupations available to them," says Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.