Building Trades of Alberta, Presenting Sponsor of Construction and Building Competitions at WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    CALGARY, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is proud to announce
that Building Trades of Alberta is Presenting Sponsor of the Construction and
Building Category Competitions at the 40th WorldSkills Competition, September
1-7 at Calgary Stampede Park. The Building Trades of Alberta is home to nearly
60,000 workers who work everyday in many of the same trades that will be
featured during the WorldSkills Competition.
    The Construction and Building Category of the WorldSkills competition
spans 13 different trades including Carpentry, Refrigeration, Painting &
Decorating, Wall & Floor Tiling, Landscape Gardening, Bricklaying,
Stonemasonry, Plumbing & Heating, Metal Roofing, Cabinetmaking, Electrical
Installation, Industrial Control, Plastering and Joinery. Over 275 competitors
from 50 different countries will be competing specifically in the Construction
and Building trades, making this competition category the largest of the six
competing categories.
    "We are extremely proud to be a major sponsor of WorldSkills Calgary
2009," says Ron Harry, Executive Director, Building Trades of Alberta.
"Providing World Class Trades people is our core business. Building Trade
Unions have 102 years of history that has assisted our highly skilled 60,000
plus men and women within the Building Trades to be the preferred choice of
    In addition to the Building Trades status as the Presenting Sponsor of
the Construction and Building competitions, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 plans to
utilize a cross-section of the 60,000 men and women in the Building Trades as
volunteers. With a need of 2,000 community volunteers the Building Trades will
give a major boost in providing skilled trades experience in the set-up and
tear down phase of the competition. The Building Trades will also be providing
volunteers to assist in various experiences such as in the Ambassador Kiosks,
helping educate the public about the trades and in the Try-A-Trade(R) area,
ensuring all those experiencing a trade first hand are doing it correctly and
in a safe manner.
    "The contribution from the Building Trades of Alberta is so important to
us because it is one of the cornerstone sponsorships of this event," says
Richard Walker, President and CEO, WorldSkills Calgary 2009. "Their leadership
and dedication to promoting skills excellence has allowed WorldSkills Calgary
2009 to attract much needed additional support from industry and like-minded
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 continues to work towards the September 1,
Opening Ceremony at the Stampede Grandstand. With less than 190 days until
that point final preparations are under way. Over 200 key executives and
experts from around the world will be welcomed by WorldSkills Calgary from
March 4-11, 2009 to review these preparations and ensure everything is on
track. Come September 2009 WorldSkills Calgary will welcome 1,000 competitors
and 5,000 experts and delegates bringing an estimated $82 million stimulus to
the local economy.

    About WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization that was
established to plan and host the 40th WorldSkills Competition in September
2009. The Competition will take place from September 1-7, 2009, to be held at
Calgary Stampede Park. 1,000 competitors from 50 member countries/regions will
be competing in 45 different skills competitions. The organization's mission
is to engage the passion of Canada's young people to pursue the trades and
technology as viable and rewarding career options. Nearly 150,000 spectators
and 5,000 experts, delegates and judges from around the world will attend the
competition. It will require 800,000 square feet of space at Stampede Park.
The competitors will be housed and fed at the first ever Competitors' village
located at SAIT Polytechnic. Operating budget is estimated to be $60 million.

    About World Skills International

    WorldSkills is a not-for-profit Membership Association open to agencies
or bodies who feel a responsibility to promote vocational education and
training. WorldSkills is politically and denominationally neutral. It is an
International competition that provides a unique means of exchange and
comparison of world-class competency standards in industry trades, skills and
technology of the economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills is a testimony
to the fact that traditional trades, craft skills and newer technology
multi-skilled vocations provides an essential and significant contribution to
the economic and social well being of people world-wide. WorldSkills provides
a cost effective means for international government and industry cooperation
in achieving the higher standards and status of vocational education and
training on a worldwide basis.

    About Building Trades of Alberta

    Building Trades of Alberta is an organization consisting of 16 trade
unions with 22 locals covering all trades across Alberta. The Building Trades
has nearly 60,000 union members and is continuing to grow. Building Trades of
Alberta unions provide various services for their members, including job
referrals to all their construction and maintenance contractors through their
union halls which have world class training facilities in which millions of
dollars have been invested. Their Unions provide pension plans, health and
welfare benefits, top wages; and the best safety record in the business.
Building Trades of Alberta union members give employers real value that comes
from many years of experience.

For further information:

For further information: Karen Parmiter, Communications and Media
Relations Manager, WorldSkills Calgary 2009, (403) 774-5018, or email

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