Testimonials

My Skill’s Canada Experience

My day at Skills Canada was amazing. There were four different areas where we saw students competing in cooking, robotics, carpentry, car mechanics, fashion designing, and much more. Not to mention there was a lot of food and free stuff, and I mean A LOT of food. But the lines were just as big.

My favourite things to see were the cooking competitions and carpentry, where I got a free pencil and pen. There was a man who could carve fruits and vegetables into flowers! And the food definitely looked and smelled amazing.

The people there totally had that skill.

While we were at the place where the robotic competitions were at, one of the ladies told us that one of the robots were built by only the students who were there, and the robot looked sick to be honest.

I even joined their mailing list for Georgian College and got a free pen that you can use for building stuff. I think my experience at Skills Canada changed the way I think about skill trades.

I hope I get to go to the next one in Gr.8!

Kyla.
The 1 hour bus drive and the amazing booths at skills Canada really surprised me. I was shocked because of the people and also with the many booths and things to occupy you with. You could find what you like doing best and explore the many creations people have made. Every second is like you’re jumping on the trampoline and you can stop jumping because you’re having so much fun. Even if you don’t like certain jobs the more you look onto a job the more exciting it sounds. Though the bus ride felt like it took forever to get there the experience made up for it.  THERE WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH INFORMATION YOU COULDN’T HANDLE, and even if you think that you can’t handle any more info there always something else to catch you attention. I was honestly so shocked and excited I almost lost my group that day. I think this trip totally changed my view point in some jobs I had no interest in. The day I came back I was inspired by some of the booths to start creating computer programs with java script and now I really love making animations and coding they are know my favourite hobbies. I am so very great full for all the people who made this experience happen even the staff that set this up. I can’t wait for the next year!!!!! BYE!!!!!!

ANDREW


We went to skills Canada Competition in Kitchener, Waterloo. The long drive was totally worth it. You were able to see into a workplace for many different types of careers. Mostly trades. You were able to try on the equipment they use. You could even at some booths use the tools they use. You were also able to watch students compete in different competitions. From Baking to Mechanics to Carpentry. It was a great opportunity and a great eye opener to other ways to learn besides University and College. I would recommend this experience to anyone to view different avenues for career choice besides the usually.

Japheth


 had a great experience at Skills Canada. I learned so many new things there. After the long drive to Waterloo, we arrived to a big centre with thousands of students. There were so many different stations for different skill trades. There was baking, hairstyling, mechanics, fashion designing and so much more. They really tried to get in depth of the different skill trades so you can learn and maybe join an apprenticeship program. There were so many things to do that I can’t even make a list. One of my favourite things was getting my hair done. I learned how important apprenticeship programs are. They really give a full out experience and give a good idea on the career you would like to pursue. I had so much fun the trip. I had so many memorable moments especially with Amelia. All in all it was a great experience. 

On Tuesday may 3rd, our class went to skills Canada hosted by waterloo. At skills Canada we learned through hands on experience. We started out by talking to somebody about 3D printers. He said that 3D printers mostly print with plastic, but there are printers out there that print with metal, silicon, etc. He also explained to us that some printers start with a block of material, they then start to remove material layer by layer to make a shape. We also went to the Hairstyling booth to check out how they made different styles of hair. We also went to many other different booths, we went to: Robotics (to see a competition of which robot could build the structure the fastest), Fashion (to see how they design different pieces of clothing), Brick laying (to see how they make such beautiful and intricate designs), Welding, Arborist, and the Culinary arts (to see how they make such fancy looking meals).Each booth would describe and sometimes even demonstrate what their skill trade was. I’d have to be an idiot to say that it was boring and un-educational.


Michael Power St. Joseph High School Partners with Crawford Electrical for Co-op Education and OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program)

Trevor Crawford has been a strong supporter of co-op education for career exploration and workplace experience since he offered a placement to his first co-op student, Patrick Cristobal, in September 2006. Since that time, he has supported the co-op program by providing a placement to another four students who were interested in starting an electrical apprenticeship. He is currently working with our TCDSB Accelerated Electrical OYAP Program to provide a placement to one of our previous co-op students, Carmen Bruno who is now dedicated to pursuing his Electrician’s License through an apprenticeship, while still in high school.
 
Trevor has always displayed the qualities that we look for in our workplace supervisors. While placing the students’ safety above all else, he gives the students the training and supervision that they require to perform appropriate tasks and responsibilities to help at the workplace. Trevor and Lou treat our students with respect and allow the students to prove that they are an asset to the company. Our students have all enjoyed the time that they spent working and learning with Trevor and Lou, despite the long commute from Etobicoke to the worksites, often in the East end of Toronto. Our co-op students have realized that the world of work has many timelines and a positive attitude is needed towards all of their tasks. The Crawford experience has opened their eyes to a totally new way of thinking. It has been the best work experience they have ever had!