Celebrate Skilled Trades Day in Canada

    Ottawa students Celebrate Skilled Trades Day in Canada with Team Canada
    members and trainees at the Ottawa Airport

    OTTAWA, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Students from the Ottawa area will join
Nathan Banke, and representatives from the Canadian Aviation industry in
celebrating the career opportunities in skilled trades at a ceremony today at
the Transport Canada Hangar in Ottawa.
    The group will be led by Nathan Banke who is an international team member
of Skills/Compétences Canada which will compete in the WorldSkills Competition
in Shizuoka Japan this November. Nathan is one of a group of Canada's best
young skilled workers who will compete against young people from around the
world at this prestigious event.
    Skills/competences Canada has the mandate to promote trades and
technology careers. It is hosting Skilled Trades Day in Canada to celebrate
the achievements of young people who have opted for a career in the skilled
trades. Skilled Trades Day in Canada also highlights the need for more young
people to consider the skilled trades when they plan their careers.
    According to The Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Awareness and
Perception Study conducted by Ipsos-Reid in 2005 only 25% of youth surveyed
say they are aware of all the career options available in skilled trades.
    "If skilled trades careers are not presented as viable career options to
Canadian youth," says Shaun Thorson, Executive Director of Skills/Compétences
Canada, "the skilled labour shortages have the potential of seriously harming
the economy."
    "The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated,
most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world," said the Honourable
John Baird, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. "Today is an
occasion to remind us of the importance of skilled trades, and to celebrate
the achievements of young people who are working in the skilled trades."
    Minister Baird will get a chance to see talented young people demonstrate
the latest in aircraft maintenance.
    "If we are to meet Canada's growing demand for skilled trades and
technology workers, we need to recognize the important contribution they make
to our society and economy," said Lynne Yelich, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
"Our Government is investing in Canada's next generation of skilled workers,
ensuring that Canada has the highly skilled and mobile work force it needs to
remain competitive."

    Monday, November 5th, 2007
    Transport Canada Hangar
    200 Comet Private (next to the Ottawa airport)
    Parking available at Parking Lot 9

    Event from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    For more information on skilled trades visit www.skillscanada.com;

For further information:

For further information: on Skilled Trades Day in Canada or assistance
in generating a story contact Skills/Compétences Canada: Cynthia Faubert,
Marketing and Communications Officer, (819) 771-7545 x 4, Toll Free:
1-877-754-5226 x 4, cynthiaf@skillscanada.com

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