National Skilled Trades and Technology Week Brings Together Students,
Educators and Business in Curbing the Skills-Employer Mismatch
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Skills/Compétences Canada launched National Skilled Trades and Technology Week, encouraging youth
to consider careers in skilled trades and technology. The
not-for-profit organization believes that the existing mismatch between
skills and jobs in Canada presents an opportunity for young students to
align their education of skills with specific industry needs.
At an event today at Centennial College, 300 local students took part in
interactive Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities and workshops. Many
other activities aimed at engaging young Canadians to consider skilled trades are taking
place throughout the country this week.
"In this current economy where there's a high rate of youth
unemployment, high school students have to be especially proactive
regarding their curriculum choices," said Shaun Thorson, CEO of
Skills/Compétences Canada, while at the National Skilled Trades and
Technology Week launch event today.
This year's theme, Essential Skills, speaks to the importance of nine
skills identified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as critical to a successful career in skilled trades and
"Our industry partners in energy, natural resources, construction,
manufacturing and services sectors are reporting that too many young
workers are showing up at the job site without the proficiency of
skills that is required to complete the work," said Thorson. "It's a
huge economic concern."
Many students are choosing to opt out of foundational courses, such as
math, science and literature, far too early in the education process,
he said. When dropping these courses, many young people and their
parents may not realize that they are jeopardizing their career
"There's a misconception among students - and even guidance counsellors
- that it's okay to skip the advanced math and English courses if
students are bound for the trades," said Ann Buller, President and CEO
of Centennial College. "Yet, cars today have more computing power on
board than the system that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon.
Technicians have to diagnose and resolve issues with sophisticated
computer systems quickly and accurately. That only happens when the
technician has a thorough understanding of the science at work under
About Skills/Compétences Canada: Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national,
not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators,
labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology
careers among Canadian youth. For information on Skills Canada's
programs and competitions, including the 2014 Skills Canada National
Competition June 4-7 in Toronto, visit www.skillscanada.com.
Image with caption: "From Left to Right: Centennial College President and CEO Ann Buller, Sherry Holmes, star from the hit show Holmes, Makes it Right on HGTV, Skills Canada President Donavon Elliott, Mike Holmes Jr, star from the hit show Holmes, Makes it Right on HGTV, and Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson at the launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week at Centennial College. (CNW Group/Skills/Compétences Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131105_C4336_PHOTO_EN_32963.jpg
Image with caption: "From Left to Right - Bottom Row: Skills Canada President Donavon Elliott, Centennial College President and CEO Ann Buller, Top row: Sherry and Mike Holmes Jr, stars from the hit show Holmes, Makes it Right on GTV, at the launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week at entennial College. (CNW Group/Skills/Compétences Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131105_C4336_PHOTO_EN_32965.jpg
SOURCE: Skills/Compétences Canada
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