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Skilled trades curiosity driving thousands to Future Building 2017

May 16, 2017 | By Anthony Capkun

May 15, 2017 – Hot on the heels of the 2017 Skills Ontario competition, several thousand students are expected to descend on Ottawa for Future Building 2017, a free event being held May 16-18 at the EY Centre.

Hosted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)—with support from Employment Ontario—Future Building presents young people with hands-on opportunities to explore all areas of the skilled trades sector, ranging from crane operation to electrical work.

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Students, teachers and parents can speak one-on-one with industry professionals, apprentices and trade organizations to learn about careers in the construction trades, how technology affects the trades, and the educational path for starting an apprenticeship program.


“Skilled professionals are in demand, are very well-paid, and the aptitudes required to succeed are changing as projects become more technically advanced,” said Joe Keyes, president of the OCS’s board.

Throughout the three-day exhibition, Future Building expects 7000 students representing more than 110 schools from school boards across Eastern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. There is also an evening session on May 17, 5 pm to 8 pm, with a focus on young adults considering a career change.

The exhibition is a joint initiative with the OCS in partnership with Employment Ontario. Direct in-kind involvement from the building trade unions and management representatives who work in Ontario’s unionized construction industry is a key part of the exhibition, adds OCS.

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