More than 800 high school students took part in a “Careers in Natural Resources” session presented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and partners at Fort Frances High School on Friday (Feb. 24).
The students heard from representatives of a wide variety of non-governmental organizations, private industry, and the public sector.
Presenters ranging from geologists to foresters talked to the students about different career streams. The session also included a series of interactive demonstrations and an information booth fair.
Students came away from the event with a greater awareness of the academic and youth employment programs that can help them fulfill their career goals.
“We are pleased to work with partners in letting high school students know about the exciting and fulfilling career opportunities available in the natural resources sector,” said Natural Resources minister Michael Gravelle.
“My ministry continues to invest in the youth of Ontario with our experience-based youth employment programs,” he added.
Gravelle noted the MNR offers nine youth employment programs, including the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program and the Ontario Ranger Program.
All MNR youth employment programs provide on-the-job training, work experience in natural resources, and fantastic learning opportunities to break the “no experience, no job/no job, no experience” cycle.
The “Careers in Natural Resources” sessions in Northwestern Ontario reach about 3,000 high school students each year and usually are held during the last two weeks of February.
More information on youth employment opportunities is available at the Ontario Youth Employment Programs website (ontario.ca/mnryouthprograms) or the Ontario Public Service careers website (ontario.ca/careers).