Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sask Polytech summer trades camps introduce girls to trades

Girls display recycled pallet desks created during the camp


July 12, 2018 – Girls ages 12-15 are attending week-long trades and technology camps at Saskatchewan Polytechnic this month. Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camps provide participants with a safe, supportive environment to explore the tools, equipment and skills needed for a trades and technology career. GETT campers are taught a variety of trades and technology skills with the final project being a desk made of recycled pallets.

GETT camp sponsors include SaskPower, our presenting sponsor, and CAE, our Moose Jaw Campus sponsor.

Girls are introduced to women who work in a variety of predominately male occupations who spend time promoting the importance of career awareness through activities with the participants. Each girl gets a chance to use tools and participate in a collaborative way, making creative decisions as they build their personalized recycled pallet desk.

“GETT girls are encouraged to be inventive and problem solve. There are many ways to repurpose a recycled pallet, we are excited to see what the girls create,” shares Jessica Baldwin, Women in Trades & Technology (WITT) provincial facilitator. “The result is a week of girl-power where campers see themselves in an otherwise overlooked technology and trades occupation.”

GETT camps wrap up with a pizza lunch and fun competition on Friday, in which the girls showcase their recycled pallet desks. Media are invited to attend the desk display.

Regina Campus: GETT Camp recycled pallet desk display

Date: Friday, July 13
Time: 12noon – 1:00p.m.
Location Carpentry shop
4500 Wascana Parkway, Sask Polytech Regina campus
Ask for: Michelle Lanoie, Regina/Moose Jaw coordinator

Saskatoon Campus: GETT Camp recycled pallet desk display

Date: Friday, July 13
Time: 12noon – 1:00p.m.
Location: Carpentry shop
1130 Idylwyld Dr. N, Saskatoon campus
Ask for: Brittany Grimsdale, Saskatoon Jaw coordinator

Moose Jaw Campus: GETT Camp recycled pallet desk display

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

GETT camps are run by Sask Polytech’s WITT program. WITT was greatly influenced by the women who founded Saskatchewan Tradeswomen in the 1970s, a movement that eventually formed Saskatchewan Women in Trades and Technology. These women were leaders in a national movement to bring like-minded women together to remove barriers in traditionally male occupations. Sask Polytech’s WITT program has evolved over the past 30 years, but the goal remains the same: encourage and assist women interested in trades and technology careers.

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.