Youth Career Fair April 5th, 2016

March 29th, 2016

Career fair shows students local job options – Tuesday April 5th, 9:00a.m – 3:00p.m. at Collingwood Collegiate Institute

More than 900 local students will have the opportunity to connect with potential employers next month.

The South Georgian Bay Youth Career Fair takes place at Collingwood Collegiate Institute. The event will see more than 35 local businesses and organizations represented and will allow students from CCI, Jean Vanier and Stayner Collegiate to meet with potential employers.

The event was the brainchild of Sandi Bonwick, and is being organized by several local organizations including Georgian College, Tracks, the Rural Ontario medical Program, the Town of Collingwood’s Marketing and Business Development Centre and the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre.

“The purpose is to bring students together with community members and to look at the different variety of careers in different sectors,” said CCI co-op teacher Susan McLeod. “We did it in the past with the health career fair.”

Some of the businesses that will be on hand include Agnora, Sensor Technology, Switch Video and Northwinds Brewery. Also on hand will be the Rural Ontario Medical Program discussing health careers, the Collingwood Fire Department, the Canadian Forces and the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC).

“We want to show all of the exciting employment opportunities in our local community,” said Gillian Fairley of the SBEC.

McLeod said the event will be for Grade 11 and 12 students and will include Stu Sanders as the keynote speaker.

One of the goals of the event is to hopefully encourage local youth to find a career close to home or return to the area after post-secondary education.

“I’m pleased to see such a great initiative being held in Collingwood, and showcasing our many and varied local opportunities, said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “Hopefully this will inspire our youth to become excited about continuing their education and their career in our community”.

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