On May 30, 2018 the FTI returned to the Delta Schools Trades Fair for another successful exhibition of what an apprenticeship at the Finishing Trades looks like.
Literally thousands of students, teachers and high school councillors took this opportunity to explore the benefits and satisfaction that comes with a career earned through a Red Seal apprenticeship delivered by the FTI of BC. The feedback from our participation at this event has been all positive. In fact, at a recent meeting of school board representatives south of the Fraser river, there were comments made that the FTI had the best display at the show.
We tried to be as interactive with the students as possible in showing them some of the tools, equipment and materials we use in the four trades we teach, through a couple of hands on activities. We actually ran the battery dead in our scissor lift by 2:30 in the afternoon due to the high demand by students for a ride. Line-ups occurred throughout the day as students and teachers lined up for an opportunity to take a ride with our Health and Safety Coordinator, Andrew Swan.
At the end of the day the entire enterprise was about raising awareness of the Finishing Trades and to that end all of our representatives who attended the fair agreed it was well worth attending. We definitely intend to return next year.