The Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council opened its doors to the public on Saturday.

It was the second annual open house where people young and old could come in and get a sample of more than a dozen different trades.

"It's a unique learning experience for people to come in and get a feel for all the different occupations in the commercial construction industry," said Trent Soholt, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council. 

"Once a year we open up our doors where we invite the public to come in and talk different trades with a variety of trades professionals and try out each booth hands-on."

The Trades Exhibition Hall in the Ragged Lake Industrial Park opened last year. Since that time, over 1,500 high school students from across Nova Scotia have visited the site.

Demonstrations and advice

Evan Hood of Halifax will be heading into Grade 12 this year and is thinking hard about picking up a trade as a career.

"That's the kind of career I'm interested in," said Hood. "I plan on going to community college so I wanted to check out some of the things and get a feel for what trade I want to do when I get out of school."

There were several displays including masonry, spray painting and pipefitting.

That's where Keith Lefrense, a retired pipefitter, was offering demonstrations and advice.

"I'm giving the students a chance to try welding and a chance to try soldering," said Lefrense. "I'm also giving them insight on what's required to take up these trades."

Trent Soholt says the Trade Exhibition Hall is the only one in Canada and two other provinces are putting together plans to build their own.

"The goal of this facility is really to make sure people have the most up to date and accurate information on how to pursue an occupation in the construction industry," said Soholt.