ST. STEPHEN (GNB) – Students in St. Stephen had the opportunity to explore welding, one of the many career options in the trades, this week through a Mind over Metal Camp.

“One of the objectives of our 10-year education plans is to improve access and exposure to trades,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “This camp was a great opportunity for students to learn about welding in a small group environment through hands-on learning.”

Ames spoke on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

The Mind over Metal Camp is supported by the Canadian Welding Association Foundation and was taught by a St. Stephen High School teacher. It was open to all area students in Grades 8 to 10. Twelve students participated and learned basic welding and fabrication skills, along with safety.

The Canadian Welding Association Foundation is a registered charity that supports the industry by increasing public awareness about welding, and by addressing the shortage of skilled welders in Canada.

“The welding profession is a diverse career option with many opportunities such as welder, welding supervisor, welding inspector, welding engineer, educator and even business owner,” said Deborah Mates, executive director of the Canadian Welding Association Foundation. “The career avenues are endless and sometimes all we need to do is expose the profession to the younger generation so they reach their full potential. The Mind over Metal Camps are a prime example of introducing arcs and sparks in a safe environment. It is a pleasure to partner both with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and St. Stephen High School to sponsor this camp.”

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.