Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, says the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers (ARCCAW) have partnered with it in support of the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). The next competition will be June 4 and 5 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
ARCCAW will be sponsoring the Launch Pad at SCNC, where students are introduced to the competition through a cutting-edge, youth focused, audio-visual experience that leads them to a career exploration event.
SCNC is an opportunity for youth to discover many of the career options that are available to them in these sectors.
“With Alberta’s economy rebounding and diversifying, we want to ensure that young people know that a career with the union is a great way to make a good living,” said Derrick Schulte, executive secretary-treasurer of the ARCCAW. “We offer quality and safely performed work in return for good family-supporting jobs, and Skills Canada is a natural partner – and one we are proud to support.”
Through the support of its many sponsors and suppliers, SCC is able to raise awareness of skilled trade and technology careers at SCNC. At the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition, representatives from industry, government, and labour, along with educators and youth will gather in Edmonton. More than 550 secondary and post-secondary students will compete for the title of national champion in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contest areas.
In addition, there will be over 50 interactive Try-A-Trade and Technology activities that will give the approximately 7,500 visiting students the opportunity to learn about careers in the skilled trade and technology industries. ARCCAW will be hosting a large Try-A-Trade and Technology activity at the Carpentry Skill Area during SCNC.
“The Skills Canada National Competition highlights the many skills that are needed to work in the constantly evolving job market including strong technical, communication and digital skills. It is because of partnerships like these that we can continue to provide relevant skilled trade and technology sector experiences to the next generation of workers,” says Shaun Thorson, chief executive officer of Skills/Compétences Canada.