Girls build daycare playhouse at carpentry camp

Girls ages 12 to 15 are nailing down some new skills and paying it forward.

Girls ages 12 to 15 are nailing down some new skills and paying it forward at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops this week. 

Set up at TRU’s School of Trades and Technology facilities, 14 girls in the Carpentry Camp for Girls are using hand and power tools to build a unique playhouse for Cariboo Child Care, the non-profit daycare on campus. They’re learning how to read blue prints, measure and cut, and work as a team.

“Hands-on equals engaged hearts. The Carpentry Camp gives young girls the opportunity to work with their hands while having fun!” said Heather Hamilton, Manager, Industry and Contract Training, School of Trades and Technology, Thompson Rivers University. “This type of exposure engages young minds and plants the idea that they, too, can chose trades as a viable and meaningful career option. Youth make career decisions based on a few major factors: their own experiences and parental and teacher influences. Those of us who work in trades or provide trades training know what great career choices trades offers. Camps like these help us get the message to young girls and parents.”

The camp is funded by the Government of Canada's Union Training and Innovation Program – Women in Construction Fund, delivered through Industry Training Authority (ITA).

“This camp is a great opportunity for young women to learn and directly apply useful skills in a fun environment,” says Shelley Gray, CEO, ITA. “It’s a hugely enjoyable program for the young women, who we hope will become the skilled trades people of the future.”

In addition to developing new skills, trying a trade, and creating something that younger generations will be able to enjoy, these girls will be able to give an exciting response to the question What did you do last summer?!

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