A new skilled trades centre will allow students attending Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy to better explore interests in the skilled trades as potential career options, the area’s regional director of education says.
The 2019 school capital plan announced Nov. 14 included funding for two new skilled trades centres under the Strait Regional Centre for Education, with one in Cape Breton at Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy in Terre Noire, Inverness County.
Paul Landry, regional executive director of education, said the centres represent enhanced opportunities for students in Grades 10 to 12 who will now be able to further explore the skilled trades as possible career options. He noted the centres provide students with hands-on learning under the guidance of a Red Seal instructor.
As a result of previous provincial funding, the Strait centre has established three other skilled trades centres, including two in Cape Breton at Dalbrae Academy in Mabou and at Richmond Education Centre/Academy in Louisdale.
He added they have also been able to offer the skilled trades 10 course to other students including, as of this school year, Inverness Education Centre/Academy and SAERC in Port Hawkesbury.
“This also is certainly fantastic news for more of our students who will now have increased opportunities to develop skills in various trades-related fields,” Landry said.
The Terre Noire centre was the only new project announced for Cape Breton. It is due for construction in 2021-22.
The province has touted skilled trades education as engaging students in the opportunities that exist for those who pursue a livelihood by working as skilled tradespersons, with opportunities for "hands-on" learning and students developing skills needed to work in construction, manufacturing or automotive and transportation sector trades.