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Local school board will push skilled trades with new plan

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The seven most in-demand trades in the TLDSB area are automotive service technician, truck service technician, carpenter, electrician, plumber, welder and hair stylist.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board presented a new comprehensive plan to encourage students to choose the skilled trades as a career path.

Superintendent Katherine MacIver, curriculum consultant Heather Truscott, pathways consultant Kelly Neumann and dual credit counsellor Angela West shared the recently launched Start Me Up campaign.

Start Me Up is intended to increase awareness of skilled trades as a viable option and opportunity for secondary students and the multiple board offerings available to allow them to achieve their goals.

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School board official responds to employer’s criticisms of education today

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“Look to that section. These are the aspects that develop the whole person.”

A superintendent of learning at the local school board is urging employers to reflect on the great students they have hired over the years, instead of the ones that haven’t worked out, to try and replicate those successes.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Bruce Barrett spoke to the The Lindsay Advocate about student success in the workplace, after critical comments were made by one of the town’s largest private sector employers, Mariposa Dairy.

The owner of the dairy factory, Bruce Vandenberg, suggested there were a lot of issues with reliability within the 18-35 age group – and he in part blamed the school system and parents for not letting kids fail or face consequences for their actions. The story was shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook and has been read nearly 60,000 times.

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School board would like more students to stay in Kawartha Lakes after graduation

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School board would like more students to stay in Kawartha Lakes after graduation

Larry Hope hears the increasing cry from employers in Kawartha Lakes who say they need more skilled people for the positions they have to fill, whether in agriculture, trades, or other areas of the local economy.

As director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Hope says he’d love to play a bigger role in delivering young people with these sought-after skills to local employers. Trillium Lakelands has a close relationship with Sir Sandford Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay and Fleming instructors can often be found in the board’s schools, particularly with students in skilled trades and co-op programs.

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