Girls test their metal in summer welding camp at Sask Polytech

Girls test their metal in summer welding camp at Sask Polytech

Prince Albert, Sask - July 11, 2016 - The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) program has partnered with the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation to host a Mind Over Metal welding summer camp for girls aged 12 to 15. The week-long camp is being hosted at the Prince Albert Campus.

Mind Over Metal camps were developed by the CWA Foundation to expose girls to the exciting career opportunities available in welding. The welding industry has many great career opportunities ranging from welder, welding inspector, welding researcher and even a welding engineer. The camps provide female students with a safe learning environment to try welding; something they may never have considered. Participants learn about welding safety, gas metal arc welding, oxy/acetylene welding as well as sheet metal work.

“These camps are specifically designed to provide at risk youth with an introduction into the welding profession and the great career options that are available, while being supervised by professionals in a safe environment,” said Deborah Mates, Director of the CWA Foundation.  “It’s going to open up a lot of possibilities to the students because this is such a unique opportunity. It’s going to be hands-on and fun so when they finish they’ll have great memories and hopefully feel inspired to pursue a career in the welding profession,” said Mates. “We are excited to be able to bring this opportunity to the Provinces and expose youth to something they may never have imagined.”

The camps are designed to dispel myths around females pursing trades careers. “The CWA’s Mind Over Metal camp allow girls to build self-awareness and confidence while working with active female tradeswomen,” says Jessica Baldwin, provincial facilitator and coordinator for WITT at Sask Polytech. “The goal is to allow girls to see themselves working in one of the otherwise overlooked trade careers.”

About the CWA Foundation
The Foundation’s key mandates are to support public safety awareness, and to address the skilled welding labour shortage in Canada. It will also focus on creating access to educational opportunities for all levels of education from elementary through to post- secondary, as well as indigenous peoples, women, those with disabilities and visible minorities.

For media inquiries please contact:
Deborah Mates, Executive Director, CWA Foundation
800.844.6790 ext. 241
Deborah.mates@cwa-foundation.org