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DDSB and DCDSB Host Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Skilled Trades and Me Symposium

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) and Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) are getting ready to hostOntario Youth Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades and Me Symposium for students in both the DDSB and DCDSB.


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades and Me Symposium will inform students of the incredible skilled trades career opportunities in Durham region and across Canada.  Through this event, DDSB and DCDSB are creating a platform where youth are encouraged and empowered to make vocational and educational choices that will lead to a viable, well-paying career in the skilled trades.


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades & Me


Tuesday December 5th


8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Kate Campbell, HGTV host and Tradeswoman


DDSB Education Centre
400 Taunton Road E., Whitby


130 DDSB / DCDSB students,
Grades 10-12


Keynote speaker Kate Campbell entered into the skilled trades in 2005. After graduating high school and realizing the university path just wasn’t for her, Kate applied to a “Women in Skilled Trades” course. Once accepted and picking up a power tool for the first time, Kate realized she had found her passion. During the three month program she was introduced to carpentry, electrical, plumbing, finish carpentry and several other trades.

Kate has been working in the television and renovation industry for over ten years and has been taught by some of Canada’s top renovators. She can be seen as part of the crew for HGTV’s “Holmes On Homes”, “Holmes in New Orleans”, “Holmes Inspection” and assisting the final contestants in “Handyman Superstar Challenge.”

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 7,000 teaching and educational services staff. With 130 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB and on YouTube at DurhamDSB.

The Durham Catholic District School Board shares a sense of community among families, educators and parishes and is committed to integrating the teachings of the Gospel with quality educational programs that guide students in their journeys to meeting the Catholic Graduate Expectations. The Board currently serves approximately 23,000 students in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, and the townships of Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock.

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