Future Building Ottawa Holds Three-Day Construction Trades Exhibition for Youths

Between May 14 and 16, Future Building will turn Ottawa’s EY Centre into a career exploration stage for a large construction exhibition.

Photo Credit: OCS

“The Future Building show is a great opportunity for young people to try their hand at a trade in a safe and controlled environment,” says Greg Bobier, Business Manager of the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and Grey Building and Construction Trades Council. “It gives them a good estimation of what the different trades do and how they do it, and it also reinforces the union backing in a positive light. It is well worth the investment of time to understand the great potential to working in the Unionized Construction Trades.”

Over 6,000 students in grades 7-12 across Eastern Ontario will have the chance to participate in virtual reality welding, bricklaying and walking a giant iron beam.

Future Building gives youths a peek into real-life scenarios and exciting opportunities within the construction sector.

Hosted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS), with support from Employment Ontario, this year’s event features 26 experiential and educational exhibitors with activities that include excavating simulators, carpentry, and pipe fitting.

Now in its 15th year, Future Building has been giving students one-on-one experiences to get involved in the trades and learn about the cutting-edge technologies.

Exhibitors will also provide advice and share experiences about apprenticeships, education and earning potential in the industry.

According to BuildForce Canada’s report, Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward, the construction and maintenance industry in Ontario will need over 100,000 additional workers within the next decade.

“Our economy is reliant on filling job openings with the latest skills and training. Skilled professionals are in demand, are very well paid, and the aptitudes required to succeed are changing as projects become more technically advanced,” said Robert Bronk, CEO of OCS. “Future Building future-proofs the unionized construction industry by providing a platform for youth to see the trades as a dynamic career opportunity.

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