Nov. 1, 2013 - Skills Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, today announced that Canada's top skilled trade and technology students, along with government representatives, industry leaders, trainers and educators, will gather in Toronto at the International Centre from June 4 to 7, 2014, for the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry have signed on as presenting sponsors.
The event attracts hundreds of students from all provinces and territories, and features at least 40 unique skilled trade competitions in the categories of Construction, Employment, Information and Technology, Manufacturing, Service, and Transportation. It is the only event of its kind where young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology can be tested against exacting industry standards and vie for the honour of being named the best in their chosen discipline. Competitors will also be aiming for a coveted spot on WorldSkills Team Canada 2015, heading next to WorldSkills Sao Paolo 2015, in Brazil.
"Our government is committed to fixing the skills mismatch in Canada where we have too many Canadians without jobs and too many jobs without Canadians," said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism. "We are proud to partner with Skills Canada to promote the skilled trades as a great opportunity for Canadian youth. Together we can attract more youth to a rewarding career in the skilled trades."
"Industry faces new and emerging challenges resulting from the growing shortage of skilled workers. Ensuring we have the right people with the right skills is critical to the success of oil and gas projects," said Geraldine Anderson, media spokesperson for CAPP. "We need to continue to work with organizations such as Skills Canada to attract more young Canadians into the skilled trades and provide more employment-based training opportunities. The Skills Canada National Competition highlights this important issue and CAPP is proud to provide support again, in 2014."
"UA Canada is the biggest supporter of skills development and trade certification anywhere and we are proudly supporting Skills Canada 2014," said Larry Slaney, director of Canadian training for UA. "We believe it is truly the best program available to promote trades training careers to Canadians and we share their vision. We want to thank the staff at Skills Canada for all of their hard work and dedication in helping young people find their future career in the trades through their excellent provincial and national events and outreach programs for youth."
The Skills Canada National Competition provides employment-based and experiential learning opportunities for students, school groups and the public. From construction, mobile robotics and cabinet making, to fashion technology, mechatronics and aircraft maintenance, young career-seekers and visitors can try their hand at a skilled trade in the interactive Try-a-Trade and Technology activities. Networking opportunities with employers and recruiters, industry associations, labor groups, training institutes and government partners are also available.
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