Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the United
Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and
Pipefitting Industry (UA) Sign on as Presenting Sponsors
OTTAWA, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Skills/Compétences 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 4-7, 2014 for the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition. The Canadian Association of
Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the United Association of Journeymen and
Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) 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 &
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 honor 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 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 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
For more information on the 2014 Skills Canada National Competition
visit www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/programs/skills-canada-national-competition/toronto-2014 or http://www.youtube.com/user/SkillsCanadaOfficial
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce
natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies
produce about 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's
associate members provide a wide range of services that support the
upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members
and associate members are an important part of a national industry with
revenues of about $100 billion a year. CAPP's mission is to enhance the
economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream petroleum industry in
a safe and environmentally and socially responsible manner, through
constructive engagement and communication with governments, the public
and stakeholders in the communities in which we operate.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and
Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada - commonly known
as "UA" - is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the
fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. Founded in
1889, UA continues to be one of the most respected and influential
building trades unions in North America. Its 326,000 highly-skilled
members belong to over 300 individual local unions. In Canada, the
association serves 51,000 members, including about 9,000 apprentices,
through 37 local union offices across the country. UA Canada represents
eight major trade classifications including: steamfitter-pipefitter,
sprinkler systems installer, plumber, metal trades workers,
instrumentation technicians and mechanics, pipe welder, heating
ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, and specialty
certified workers in all areas of the piping industry. UA is
headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.
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. Its
unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to
work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping
young people and aspiring apprentices discover rewarding careers.
Skills/Compétences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities
including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of
thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial,
national and international events, as well as skilled trade awareness
programs. Many programs highlight digital and essential skills, which
are crucial qualifications in most careers of today. Headquartered in
Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member
organization of WorldSkills International. For more information about
Skills/Compétences Canada visit www.skillscanada.com, or call 877-754-5226.
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