Red River College is introducing some young people in Winnipeg to skilled trades this week, in the hopes of encouraging them to think about their future careers.

The college is exposing Grade 7 and 8 students from Elmwood High School to the trades as part of a pilot project.

One day a week, the 25 students are trying out various skilled trades, such as welding and carpentry.

"We need to keep kids thinking about what it is they want to do with their future," Marti Ford, dean of the college's School of Indigenous Education, said Wednesday.

"By bringing them into the college, opening them up to the exposure of the trades, that can keep them thinking … 'Maybe this is what I want to do with my life.'"

Red River College and Manitoba Education are running the pilot project over the next three weeks.