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Skilled Trades

5 Great reasons for a career in the trades

February 11, 2022

March 1 at 7 p.m. via Zoom

Presented by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and BEP Waterloo Region

Any Waterloo Region family can register

The link to the Zoom presentation to be sent to participants at 5 p.m. on March 1.

Feature presentation

In a dynamic 40 minute presentation, Dr. Jon Callegher, the executive director of Job Talks, will share with parents his latest research on the emotional and experiential challenges facing young people today. He will also reveal 5 data-driven reasons for why working in the skilled trades, especially in a post-COVID world, is an ideal career option. He will also introduce the concept of “balanced intelligence” as a defining quality of tradespeople.

Jon has shared his message on CBC radio, TV, and at conferences internationally. He is a marketing professor in Toronto and has a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo.

My OYAP Story

Anabela DeAraujo - Auto Service Advisor

5 minutes


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Learn more at: OYAP.com

Leonard Bumbacco, Student Achievement Consultant with the WCDSB, will share the opportunities for getting involved in this program with his board.

15 minutes

Q & A to follow presentations

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