• Tom Batty

Sign us up: Experiential learning for public school students

Lisa Clory, ACADA Director for NB, and Minister Dominic Cardy pose with Jordan Cameron, 3D Generalist at 3D Planeta.

We had a special guest in the office on Wednesday; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy stopped by and while we happily showed him a demonstration of 3D Planeta's technology, it was our HR policies that were of greater interest.

As both Norm and I have written in the past, we are deeply invested in creating opportunities for skilled-based training for young people. Our office is a testament to that, with the majority of desks occupied by undergrad, graduate and community college students.

One day that might also include middle and high school students, courtesy of a new partnership between the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) and the Government of New Brunswick. Beginning in September 2021, ACADA members such as 3D Planeta, will provide experiential learning opportunities in the fields of aerospace, defence and security, following the example of the province's cybersecurity firms.

It's part of the Future NB initiative, which aims to provide public school students with a chance to experience on-the-job exposure to various career choices prior to graduating from high school.

Wish I'd had something like this when I was a kid.