Kwalikum Secondary Grade 8 students Spire Bishop, Cali Gervais, Annika Hamilton and Mayson Miller learn how put a tire on a car at the Try a Trade Day at KSS. — Michael Briones photo

Kwalikum’s Grade 8s try out variety of trades

Try A Trade Day offers students a look at potential careers

Kwalikum Secondary Grade 8 students were hammering away at the Try A Trade Day, held at the school on Tuesday.

Boys and girls, as well as students from Pass-Woodwinds Alternate School, were given the opportunity to experience what’s it like to work as an electrician, a plumber, welder, carpenter, mechanic and a roofer. Those were the six trades that they all got the opportunity to learn about and try.

“This is for all the Grade 8 students in the district,” said Lara Rahn, KSS career co-ordinator, who organized the event. “It gives them an opportunity to get their hands dirty and try six trades that we set up here at the school. It creates curiosity, something that they’ve never tried before.”

The students had the chance to create a ‘Balance Dude’ at the metal shop that required filing, shaping wires into a curve and welding. Others had fun banging away with hammers as they install shingles to a roof section, there those who enjoyed screwing things together, disassembling and assembling engine components, and wiring up a switch to a light socket assembly.

Rahn said the experience may help motivate the students to learn to work with tools and be confident using them. She added they can use the skills when applying for jobs in the future.

“The kids were just so excited at the end of the day and were quite talkative about what they’ve learned,” said Rahn.

Among those who enjoyed the day was KSS Grade 8 student Alexander Wedel, who had enjoyed wiring a light bulb switch and getting the circuit to work.

“It’s fun,” said Weddel. “The trades, it’s something I am always interested in.”

If given a choice, Wedel would like to get into carpentry.

Ballenas Secondary Grade 8 students also had the opportunity to try the six trades in February.

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