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Vancouver high school girls getting a glimpse at trade jobs

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Young women from high schools across Vancouver have gathered at John Oliver Secondary today to get a taste of the trades. It’s part of a program urging girls toward career options outside of those that require a university education.

A couple dozen young women are getting a skilled trades sampler of welding, framing, and mechanics today.

Wendy Gilmour, the apprentice coordinator for the Vancouver School Board says most have probably never set foot in a shop. But they’ll be getting their hands dirty today, in a non-threatening, girls-only environment where they will also hear from accomplished women in these fields.

“University isn’t the only option; trades are a really, really viable option for young people graduating from our schools… We have phenomenal facilities in our Vancouver schools and we’d like to see those facilities really used,” says Gilmour.

She hopes more young women will consider a career in the trades.