Training & Education
Forget PanAm… Toronto hosting 2014 Skills Canada National Competition
By Anthony Capkun
October 28, 2013 – Skills Canada officially announced today that Canada’s top skilled trade and technology students—along with industry leaders, trainers and educators—will gather in Toronto at the International Centre, June 4-7, 2014, for the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition.
The event attracts hundreds of students from all provinces and territories, and features at least 40 unique skilled trade competitions. It is the only event of its kind where young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology can be tested against industry standards and vie for the honour of being named the best in their chosen discipline.
Competitors will also aim for a spot on WorldSkills Team Canada 2015, heading next to Sao Paolo 2015, in Brazil.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) have signed on as Presenting Sponsors.
“We need to continue to work with organizations such as Skills Canada to attract more young Canadians into the skilled trades and provide more employment-based training opportunities,” said Geraldine Anderson, CAPP media spokesperson. “The Skills Canada National Competition highlights this important issue, and CAPP is proud to provide support again, in 2014.”
The Skills Canada National Competition provides employment-based and experiential learning opportunities for students, school groups and the public; young career-seekers and visitors can try their hand at a skilled trade in the interactive Try-a-Trade and Technology activities. Networking opportunities with employers and recruiters, industry associations, labour groups, training institutes and government partners are also available.