GTA Construction Report staff writer
Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization promoting careers in skilled trades and technologies, has 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 United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) has signed on a presenting sponsor.
The event attracts hundreds of students from all provinces and territories, and features at least 40 unique skilled trade competitions including the major construction trades. 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 spot on WorldSkills Team Canada 2015, heading next to WorldSkills São 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 Jason Kenney, who has the portfolios of employment and social development as well as multicultrualism. “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.”
“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 skilled trade activities. Networking opportunities with employers and recruiters, industry associations, labor groups, training institutes and government partners are also available.