Aidan Wilson test out the circuit board at the Work BC Find Your Fit event. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Aidan Wilson test out the circuit board at the Work BC Find Your Fit event. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Fly a plane, rig a lightbulb, pump a tire: Hope students test out in-demand careers

Hope students piled into the Coquihalla Elementary School gym Thursday to test out checking tire pressure, flying a plane in a simulator, see a 3D printer in action and make lightbulbs turn on.

The stop in Hope was the last on a province-wide WorkBC Find Your Fit tour and the activities that looked like fun also have a lot of thought behind them. The tour is focused on students in Grades 5 to 10: getting them acquainted with the skills needed for the top 10 in-demand careers in B.C. is the goal.

“So a lot of students know they can be a doctor or teacher or a lawyer, things that they see everyday. But not necessarily an air pilot or a general practitioner or a stenographer or electricians, software engineers,” said tour manager Kelsey Forsyth.

Grade 6 student Mary Alex said the experience piloting a plane using a simulator was ‘scary.’ Although she has plans to be a chef and start her own restaurant, she didn’t rule out flying a plane one day.


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Mary Alex flies a plane for the first time, in the Work BC Find Your Fit flight simulator. The touring show allows students to test out skills needed for careers in demand in B.C. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Mary Alex flies a plane for the first time, in the Work BC Find Your Fit flight simulator. The touring show allows students to test out skills needed for careers in demand in B.C. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard