Skilled Futures




The goal of the Skilled Futures program is to offer junior high and high school aged students across the province the opportunity to engage in interactive skilled trade and technology workshops and virtual events. SCNL has expanded the Skilled Futures program to tackle many relevant career options for students and offers focused workshops for female students and inclusive events for co-ed students.

Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador delivers Skilled Futures province-wide and would love to partner with any post-secondary or training institution to plan a career exploration event for both students and community organizations.

Skilled Futures is offered province-wide from September to June and encourages students to participate hands-on in a wide variety of career areas.


A Skilled Futures event would feature a series of interactive workshops created by instructors that aim to educate, immerse, and inspire students of all skillsets about career opportunities. Upon participation, students will receive in-person experience of the featured skill at work and will leave with new knowledge of its value in the workforce and skilled careers. Following the presentation, mentors will be invited in to chat with students about experiences working in their specialized field and will be able to connect closer with those interested. In some cases, these could be people working directly in the industry or students of a post-secondary institution. Additionally, Students will receive lunch compliments of Skills Canada.

Makers Club

We invite you to take a quick look at one of our upcoming programs, Skilled Futures: Makers Club! Watch as SCNL's Alumni Vice President, Ally Wragg begins tackling one of our Makers Club challenges. Follow along and enter to win weekly prizes this summer! 

Skills for Success Try-a-Trade® Kits allow students to build hands-on projects that get them thinking about various skilled trade and technologies, as well as their 9 Skills for Success. SCNL is proud to partner with Choices for Youth to provide these kits for the youth of our province through our Skilled Futures program!


The Skills for Success are the skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work, and life! They are divided into two categories: Foundational Skills and Social Emotional Skills. Foundational Skills are the skills on which all other skills are built. Social Emotional Skills build on Foundational Skills, and the skills in this category are also needed to adapt and thrive in a diverse and technology-driven workforce and society.


Your Skills for Success Try-A-Trade® kits focus on Construction, Plumbing, and Electrical, and will contain the materials to complete one or a combination of the following projects: building a birdhouse, making a speaker, and/or creating a flashlight.


Contact Program Coordinator, Rebecca Lawlor at rebeccal@skillscanada.com to order your kits!

As of 2022, SCNL has delivered:

  • Skilled Futures for Women in Trades
  • Skilled Futures in Youth as Leaders in Health and Safety
  • Skilled Futures in Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Skilled Futures in Aviation
  • Skilled Futures in Information Technology
  • Skilled Futures in Finance
  • Skilled Futures Female First Responders
  • Skilled Futures for New Canadians
  • Skilled Futures in Robotics and STEAM
  • Skilled Futures in Opportunities for Youth
  • Skilled Futures in Indigenous Persons

Hear from students of Skilled Futures!

I loved it and had so much fun! I would totally recommend this! Everything was awesome and I will definitely be back again!

Don't think any less of yourself because you’re a girl, you can do anything you set your mind to.

I think this is a great way to show women that they have more options and can do more. I had a great time!

I just want to say to always follow your heart and go do what you want to pursue.

On many occasions, students will be participating in hands on activities that they may never knew existed before participating in a Skilled Futures event, this will give them the opportunity to think about potential careers.

To learn more about our Skilled Futures event please contact our Program Coordinator, Rebecca Lawlor at rebeccal@skillscanada.com.

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