Celebrate Skilled Trades Day in Canada - Find out how young people can get on the road to success by choosing a skilled trade career

    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Skills/competences Canada, as part of its
mandate to promote trades and technology, is hosting its second annual Skilled
Trades Day in Canada on Monday November 5th, at a ceremony at the Transport
Canada hangar at the Ottawa Airport.
    The shortage of skilled workers is a major issue from coast to coast.
According to the Bank of Canada's quarterly survey 41 per cent of Canadian
Executives say they're facing labour shortages that are affecting their
ability to meet demand, especially in British Columbia and the Prairies.
    Skilled Trades Day is dedicated to not only finding a solution to the
labour shortage, but to offering young people more career choices. Skilled
trades offer young people respect, good pay and opportunity. Too many young
people just don't think a skilled trade can be a part of their fulfilling
    "One of the myths about the skilled trades is they're a second choice in
post-secondary education," says Shaun Thorson, Executive Director of
Skills/Compétences Canada, "Skilled trades careers are valued and contribute
to the economic success of Canada and we need to continue to encourage young
Canadians to pursue these career opportunities."
    On November 5th events are scheduled for locations across the country
(for details visit www.skillscanada.com). Contact Skills/Compétences Canada,
we can help you with resources for your story on the skilled trades. We can

    - Apprentices working toward    - Employers who are committed to playing
      a job in the trades;            their part in building the next
    - Educators who are committed     generation of skilled works; and,
      to developing the next        - Much more.
      generation of skilled

For further information:

For further information: and for assistance in generating a story
contact the Skills/Compétences Canada National Secretariat: Cynthia Faubert,
Marketing and Communications Officer, (819) 771-7545 x 4, Toll Free: 1-
877-754-5226 x 4, cynthiaf@skillscanada.com; www.skillscanada.com

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