Photo Release - 19th Annual Skills Canada National Competition kicks off in Vancouver this week

VANCOUVER, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, kicked off its first day of the 19th Annual 2013 Skills Canada National Competition today in Vancouver. This is the third time the Competition has been held in the province of British Columbia.

The Skills Canada National Competition is an annual event that brings over 500 students from across the country to compete for the top spot in over 40 skilled trade competitions ranging from carpentry and mobile robotics to welding, aircraft maintenance and graphic design. The event also attracts school groups and young career-seekers who can take part in interactive Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities, as well as employers and recruiters, industry experts, labour groups, training institutes and government partners.

The 2013 Skills Canada National Competition is being presented by CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and UA, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry.

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 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 trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International. For more information, visit or call 877-754-5226. 

Follow Skills/Compétences Canada on Twitter at and hashtag #SCCvancouver2013

Image with caption: "Mike Holmes, Canada' s Most Trusted Contractor and official spokesperson for Skills Canada and Canada's ToolGirl Mag Ruffman participated in a friendly soldering competition at the 19th Annual Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver (CNW Group/SKILLS/COMPETENCES CANADA)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Kurtis Gordey, competitor from Enderby, British Columbia, competes in Autobody Repair, at the 19th Annual Skills Canada National Competition this week (CNW Group/SKILLS/COMPETENCES CANADA)". Image available at:


For further information:

Michelle Magee
CMM Communications Group (for Skills/Competences Canada)

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