Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Mind Over Metal welding camp at Sask Polytech set to spark change

The CWB Welding Foundation summer camp offers unique experience for girls

July 12, 2018 –The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) program has partnered with the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Welding Foundation to host a Mind Over Metal welding summer camp for girls in grades 9-12. The week-long camp is being hosted at Sask Polytech campuses.

Mind Over Metal camps were developed by the CWB Welding Foundation to introduce youth to the exciting career opportunities available in welding. The Sask Polytech camps focus on female youth to provide the young women with a safe learning environment to try welding; something they may never have considered. Participants learn about welding safety, gas metal arc welding, oxy/acetylene welding as well as sheet metal work. The camp is one of 84 Mind Over Metal camps across Canada in 2018-19, with many camps focusing on at risk youth, Indigenous people, women and newcomers to Canada.  

The camps are designed to dispel myths around females pursing trades careers.

“These camps are specifically designed to provide youth with a hands-on introduction to welding and inspire them to pursue a career in welding. They are also making lasting memories and building confidence while being supervised by professionals in a safe environment,” said Deborah Mates, executive director, CWB Welding Foundation.

“The CWB’s Mind Over Metal camp allows girls to build self-awareness and confidence while working with active female tradeswomen,” says Jessica Baldwin, provincial facilitator and coordinator for WITT at Sask Polytech. “Participants learn that the welding industry has a variety of career pathways that can take you virtually anywhere in the world.”

Media are invited to attend the Mind Over Metal Showcase events.

Regina Campus - Mind Over Metal Showcase


Friday, July 13

Time: 12noon – 1:00p.m.
Location: Welding Shop
4500 Wascana Parkway, Sask Polytech Regina campus
Ask for: Michelle Lanoie, Regina/Moose Jaw coordinator

Moose Jaw Campus - Mind Over Metal Showcase

Date: Friday, July 27
Time: 12noon – 1:00p.m.
Location: Welding Shop
Saskatchewan St & 6th Ave. NW, Sask Polytech Moose Jaw campus
Ask for: Michelle Lanoie, Regina/Moose Jaw coordinator

Prince Albert Campus - Mind Over Metal Showcase

Date: Friday, July 13

12noon – 1:00p.m.

Location: Welding Shop
1100 – 115th Street East, Sask Polytech Prince Albert campus
Ask for: Tammie Pawlust, Prince Albert coordinator

The CWB Welding Foundation is a national registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage and mismatch in Canada. Through education-based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, Indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.