If a career in technology is what you’re looking for then the Train in Technology Expo on March 27 at the Barrie Molson Centre is the place to be.

Interested job seekers will have the opportunity to inquire about hands-on tech-related career and education opportunities. This year, there will be a special focus on mathematics. The aim is to help students understand the importance of mathematics and how it applies in a career setting, in particular with data, data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics.

“The Barrie area is home to a variety of businesses, from tech start-ups to advanced manufacturers, who are competing globally on the strength of their innovation,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. “I think it’s our jobs, as partners in government, to help build the skilled labour force needed for those companies to be able to grow here. That’s what Train In Technology is all about.”

Last year’s exhibitors provided a host of demonstrations and experiences in various areas, including robotics, virtual reality technology, medical technology, web design, advanced manufacturing and precision skills and more. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their company and recruit new talent and identify candidates for co-op or internships and summer placement.

“Along with our event partners and sponsors, we’re very excited to have so many local companies recognizing the importance of building the talent pool here and wanting to showcase the diverse career and educational opportunities available in the technology sector,” added the Barrie Mayor. “Combining the Train In Technology Expo with the Job Fair, is an opportunity for these companies to connect with students and job seekers to show off what working for them could be like, and help them build their current and future workforce.”

The schedule of events kicks off in the morning with post-secondary student focused group sessions, running from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Aimed at helping students gain confidence in speaking with employers at interviews, the college students will be placed into small groups that will rotate through the exhibitor booths.

From 10 a.m. to noon local secondary school students will be bused in to the expo and then, from noon to 2 p.m., local senior elementary school students will be bused in.

After a one hour lunch (provided), the expo will be open to the public, with free admission, from 3-6 p.m. Exhibitors’ employees are invited to explore post-secondary education opportunities.

If you’re looking for employment, there’ll be a community job fair, from 3-6 p.m., at the Barrie Molson Centre. Numerous companies, including Costco, Honda, The Sarjeant Co., Plas Tech, Busch Systems and the Canadian Armed Forces will be accepting resumes. In all, more than 50 companies will be in attendance.

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