A group of Grade nine female students is learning a bit about carpentry as a means to look at trades as a possible career choice.

Board communications coordinator, Paul de la Riva says some 40 Grade 9 female students from Conseil scolaire Catholique Nouvelon high schools in Espanola and Greater Sudbury are taking part in the Explore Carpentry Workshop offered through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

He says statistics reveal that women are under-represented in the construction, industrial, service, as well as the motive power sector.
De la Riva adds by participating in this type of activity, the board is looking to raise the girls’ level of confidence while exposing them to non-traditional careers.

The two-day workshop is taking place at the Carpenters’ Union in Azilda.