Today is Industry Day 2012, meaning students from trades programs at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s and Corner Brook will be heading onto local work sites.
At each job site, the students will be assigned to a company employee — a mentor — whom they will job shadow, to get a sense of the daily work associated with their chosen profession.
The day is a project of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA) and the College of the North Atlantic.
This is the third year for Industry Day and over 70 students are participating this year.
The total includes 17 students from the college’s Safety Engineering Technology Co-op (a post-graduate diploma), 16 students from Mechanical Engineering Technology and 16 Architectural Engineering Technology students. All of these programs are based in St. John’s.
In addition, 16 students from the Construction/Industrial Electrician program from the college’s School of Industrial Trades in Corner Brook will also be taking part.
The disciplines participating can change year to year.
Before departing this morning, all students were offered words of encouragement from minister of advanced education and skills, Joan Burke, who spoke at the College of the North Atlantic’s Engineering Technology Centre at the Ridge Road Campus in St. John’s. Participants from Corner Brook were connected via video link.
“Industry Day is a valuable opportunity for students to gain insights on their future careers as they progress through post-secondary training,” Burke has stated.
“As the provincial economy grows and labour market demands increase, the ability to job shadow also allows employers to share expertise and knowledge with students who could potentially be their employees one day.”
Students will return from the job sites around 3 p.m. for closing discussion at their respective College campuses. More in tomorrow’s edition of The Telegram.