Innovative "Shell Launch Pads" Welcome Spectators at WorldSkills Calgary 2009



    CALGARY, June 11 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. and Shell Canada
announced today an innovative addition to their program, the Shell Launch
Pads. The Launch Pads welcome spectators while ensuring visitors get a safe
and efficient orientation in an organized, designated area. Large tents will
be situated at Stampede Park, the host venue of the 40th WorldSkills
Competition.
    "The Shell Launch Pads will provide spectators with the important
information they need to get the most out of WorldSkills Calgary 2009", says
Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. "Minimizing
safety risks and emphasizing precautionary learning is routinely practiced in
the trades. The Shell Launch Pads are a way to model that behaviour as part of
the event."
    When they arrive, spectators will be ushered to a Shell Launch Pad to
receive orientation on many of the competitions and attractions, such as the
Global Skills Village, Skills Ambassador Kiosks, and
Try-A-Skill/Try-A-Trade(R), and watch a brief video highlighting the
attractions. Volunteers will greet spectators and provide them with important
information and answer questions before entering the competition area and
Global Skills Village.
    "We're supporting the Shell Launch Pads to help WorldSkills Calgary 2009
Ltd. engage and excite spectators about careers in the skilled trades," said
Catherine Freeman, Senior Social Investment Representative, Shell Canada
Limited. "Skilled tradespeople are critical to the success of our industry.
There is a great need to attract more apprentices to fill the demand created
as tradespeople retire and to help our industry meet its future growth plans."
    Through intense competition in 45 skill categories, WorldSkills Calgary
2009 promotes excellence and encourages global competency standards within the
skill, trade, and technology industries. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will welcome
the world through the 51 Member countries/regions of WorldSkills
International.

    
                                                                Backgrounder

                           WorldSkills Calgary 2009
    

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 marks the second time Canada hosts this
international event in its 59-year history. In May 2004, at the WorldSkills
General Assembly in Hong Kong, Canada officially won the right to host the
WorldSkills Competition. The successful bid was made possible through
collaboration with Skills Canada Alberta and Skills/Compétences Canada.
Shortly thereafter, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., a not-for-profit
organization, was established.
    For the past 5 years, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. has been working
closely with legacy, government, and industry partners to make the 40th
WorldSkills Competition the most successful to date. Although the event is
held from September 1 - 7, 2009, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. has been
working with legacy partners to actively help the global skills movement that
addresses labour shortage, competency standards, and education programs
designed to motivate and encourage young adults to explore successful career
options in skills, trades, and technology.

    
                                                                Backgrounder

                          WorldSkills International
    

    Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC) was founded in 1989 as a national,
not-for-profit organization to actively promote careers in skilled trades and
technologies to Canadian youth. S/CC works with private and public sector
partners to help secure Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping
Canadian youth discover rewarding careers. S/CC offers experiential learning
opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians including skilled
trades and technology competitions through regional, provincial/territorial,
national and international events, as well as skilled trades and technology
awareness programs. Headquartered in Canada's National Capital Region
Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills
International and in partnership with other stakeholders created the 40th
WorldSkills Competition event organizing committee WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

    worldskills.org

    
                                                                  Fact Sheet

                          Skills/Compétences Canada
    

    Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC) was founded in 1989 as a national,
not-for-profit organization to actively promote careers in skilled trades and
technologies to Canadian youth. S/CC works with private and public sector
partners to help secure Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping
Canadian youth discover rewarding careers. S/CC offers experiential learning
opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians including skilled
trades and technology competitions through regional, provincial/territorial,
national and international events, as well as skilled trades and technology
awareness programs. Headquartered in Canada's National Capital Region
Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills
International and in partnership with other stakeholders created the 40th
WorldSkills Competition event organizing committee WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

    skillscanada.com





For further information:

For further information: WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., Jennifer
Laraway, Director Media Relations and Communications, Direct Line: (403)
774-5113, Mobile: (403) 708-9398, Email: jennifer.laraway@worldskills2009.com,
Website: www.worldskills2009.com; Skills/Compétences Canada, Christianne
Scholfield, Director Pan-Canadian Partnership Development, Direct Line: (819)
771-7545 ext. 1, Fax: (819) 771-5575, Toll Free: (877) 754-5226, Website:
www.skillscanada.com; WorldSkills International, Michelle Bussey, Secretariat
- Communications and Marketing Director, Direct Line: (902) 450-5412, Fax: +31
23 531 0816, Mobile: (902) 441-7041, Email: michelle.bussey@worldskills.org,
Website: www.worldskills.org; Shell Canada Limited, Catherine Freeman, Senior
Social Investment Representative, Direct Line: (403) 691-2082, Website:
www.shell.ca

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