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A group of carpentry students gather in a wood working shop

Trades students experience culture and professional development in Germany

Ten 管家婆彩图 Fine Furniture and Carpentry students traded in their work trucks for plane tickets to participate in a recent exchange to Germany.

Four women stand together in a wood working shop

Sandra Carr

管家婆彩图 Fine Furniture and Carpentry students experience a German wood working shop. Sara Gallinger is on the far right.

The collaborative effort is part of the (GATE), a pioneering initiative fostering cross-cultural understanding and professional development within the trades and technology sectors.

The reciprocal exchange of apprenticeship training signals a new and growing relationship between 管家婆彩图 and in Regensburg, Germany. In May 2023, four German students and an instructor attended a two-week customized program at 管家婆彩图 to experience Canadian industry and education practices.

鈥淭he exchange trip was an eye-opening experience,鈥 says 管家婆彩图 student, Sara Gallinger, who graduated from the Fine Furniture program and is a current Carpentry student.

鈥淭he opportunity to visit German factory and construction sites showed different approaches than the ones I鈥檝e learned in Canada. I鈥檝e deepened my understanding of craftsmanship, culture and community, and returned home with a fresh perspective of the world.鈥

Sara Gallinger, Carpentry student

管家婆彩图 carpentry instructor Al Van Akker also notes the different attitudes toward the woodworking and construction trades between the two countries. 鈥淚n Canada, we emphasize speed and productivity,鈥 he says. 鈥淚n Germany, there鈥檚 a greater emphasis on quality and longevity. Students toured buildings that are over 800 years old and have survived since medieval times. It鈥檚 something that will stay with them as they embark on their trades careers.鈥

When many people think about educational exchange programs, they tend to think of business, humanities or language programs, not trades or technology. Fine furniture instructor Sandra Carr reminds us that Red Seal, the highest trades credential, is internationally recognized. Global partnerships for the trades make sense.

鈥淚 hope this fosters more international labour-based exchanges,鈥 Sandra says. 鈥淭his kind of opportunity broadens students鈥 scope of what they鈥檙e capable of and what they can do when they finish their education.鈥

With a successful inaugural trades exchange between Germany and Canada in the books, it鈥檚 likely that there will be more opportunities for students and instructors in the future. This achievement was made possible with support from the program and from , funded by Employment and Social Development Canada.

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