Dozens of students from 5 GECDSB high schools took quick tours of the future on Workforce Windsor-Essex Test Drive Day. They visited workplaces and job sites and heard from employers about jobs and careers in skilled trades to consider when they're done in high school.
One of the stops previewed thousands of opportunities for work now and over the next decade on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Students currently in Specialist High Skills Major programs at Essex District High School were told by their guides from the on-site contractors that there will be 2,500 direct jobs on the project as well as thousands of others with businesses and suppliers in the area while the bridge is being built.
The construction of the bridge, which will take 74 months at a cost of $5.7 billion, requires engineers in a variety of fields including structural, environmental and mechanical. They will need tradespeople, technicians and labourers.
The students from Essex DHS, Massey, Kennedy, Leamington DSS and Belle River DHS also made stops during Test Drive Day at manufacturing shops, transportation and service providers as well as the Carpenters' Union training centre.