Teaching Girls Tools of the Trade

On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate empowering girls to pursue their passions and learn new skills toward a future they choose. In the skilled trades industry, it’s important to show young people the possibilities they have for their futures as well as to potentially spark an interest.

Last August, the Industry Training Authority partnered with Okanagan College to offer 2 one-week Carpentry Camps for young girls. These camps were hosted at the Kelowna campus and designed for girls in grades four to six to explore working with tools, assembling creative projects, and having a lot of fun learning new skills! 

With 17 participants in total, the camps served as a fantastic way to introduce young people into the trades in an intimate and safe setting. During the week, they learned to make projects such animal doorstops, a ring toss and cornhole game, as well as candle holders. Not only did they create some fun take-home souvenirs, the girls also gained skills including how to safely hammer nails, use power tools, as well as real-life math application skills.   

“My daughter learned a lot of practical skills in this camp. The instructors and coordinators were amazing and made the camp fun! She's already asked if she can do the camp again next summer!” 

“Our daughter came home saying she wanted to become a carpenter!” 

“My daughter wouldn't stop talking about how much fun she had each day. She learned so much and was so proud of her projects. The instructors were amazing, they made the girls feel comfortable and have fun while learning new skills.” 

Learn More

Check out the Camp OC page to learn more about future camps or ITA's Women in Trades Training page for a list of programs.


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