Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


 What is Try-A-Trade?

Try-A-Trade is sponsored by the TRU School of Trades and Technology. It is an opportunity for area youth to practice some of the hands-on skills used on a daily basis by automotive technicians, cabinet makers, carpenters, electricians and welders.

These events, for students from Grades 6 to 9, are held in conjunction with The Cariboo Regional Skills and Cariboo Junior Skills Competitions in The Trades and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University.

Skills Canada and Skills Canada BC believe that allowing students to use the tools-of-the-trade under direct supervision of qualified tradespeople is the best way to encourage youth to pursue a career in trades and technologies.

Students participating in Try-A-Trade will also witness students competing in 7 trades that make up The Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and 4 challenging competitions that make up the Cariboo Junior Skills Competition.

Areas where interested youth may Interact with tools and equipment will be available for the following trades:

  • Automotive
  • Heavy Duty Mechanics
  • Woodworking
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Piping
  • Welding
 Where and when does Try-A-Trade held?

The Try-A-Trade is held in the Trades and Technology Centre at TRU in Kamloops on Friday, March 8, 2019.

 How do students register to take part in the competition?

There is no need to register in advance. A completed waiver form MUST accompany each student if they are to participate in Try-A-Trade.

 Where and when do I check-in for the competition?

Try-A-Trade will be held on the main floor of the Trade and Technology Centre. Follow the signs.

 What time does Try-A-Trade start?

The 2017 Try-a-Trade event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 8, 2019.

 Is Try-A-Trade dangerous? Am I likely to be hurt?

Each event will be supervised by a competent tradesperson. The chance of injury is slight. A completed waiver form MUST accompany each student if they are to participate in Try-A-Trade.

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