A learning activity at Home Depot to initiate École Saint-Joseph female students to careers in the trades

Apr 10, 2017 @ 13:49



On March 22 and 23, grade 9 female students from Wawa’s École secondaire Saint-Joseph travelled to Sault Ste. Marie with their teacher Mrs. Lynne Burnham to take part in Home Depot Workshops. The activity was offered to initiate the students to various building trades





During their workshop experience, the girls will be initiated to various building trades. They will learn to apply drywall, build a flower box and were initiated to plumbing. They also have the opportunity to build an I-pod holder. The trainees, who took part in a store-wide treasure hunt to become familiar with the layout of the store, chose the tools and the products needed for the job and applied basic knowledge of health and safety measures.


The purpose of the learning activity was to demystify specialized trades for girls and enable female students to learn about rewarding careers in this sector of the economy. Statistics reveal that women are under-represented in the construction, industrial, service, as well as the motive power sector. By participating in this type of activity, the CSCNO is seeking to raise the level of girls’ confidence while initiating them to non-traditional careers.


“The CSCNO thanks Home Depot for its support in providing this initial workshop initiative for Wawa female high school students. The students greatly enjoyed this learning experience,” stated Mrs. Lynne Burnham.