Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sask Polytech promoting girl-power in trades camp

Girls create upcycled pallet desks during the Girls Exploring Trades and Technology camp


July 10, 2019 – Trades and technology camps designed for girls ages 12-15 are enabling participants to discover their inner handy-woman. Put on by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the week-long 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 upcycled wooden pallets.

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

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 upcycled wooden pallet desk.

Media are invited to attend the GETT camps.  

Regina Campus: GETT Camp

Date: Thursday, July 11
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Carpentry shop
4500 Wascana Parkway, Sask Polytech Regina campus
Ask for: Michelle Lanoie, Regina/Moose Jaw coordinator

Saskatoon Campus: GETT Camp

Date: Thursday, July 11
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Carpentry shop
1130 Idylwyld Dr. N, Saskatoon campus
Ask for: Brittany Grimsdale, Saskatoon Jaw coordinator

Moose Jaw Campus: GETT Camp

Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.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 during the past 30 years, but the goal remains the same: encourage and assist women interested in trades and technology careers.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 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.