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Support for 2010 Cariboo competition and Thompson Rivers expo


November 5, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Cathy McLeod, member of parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo—on behalf of Diane Finley, federal minister of human resources and skills development—announced federal support for the 2010 Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and Thompson Rivers University Techno Expo.

A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. will receive $15,513 through the Government
of Canada’s Youth Awareness program to organize and promote the two
events, which will help make careers in the skilled trades and
technology sectors more visible and accessible for youth.

“These two events will give local youth the opportunity to participate
in competitions that showcase their technical and leadership skills,
and also raise their awareness of the fields of trades and technology,”
said Alan Green, president of A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. “The funding
and support from the Government of Canada, Skills Canada, Thompson
Rivers University, local unions and trades associations will go a long
way in ensuring a great experience for all the participants.”

A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. has been providing instruction, curriculum
development and consultation services in the area of technical trades
since 1978. Between October 28, 2009, and March 31, 2010, the
organization will partner with employers, educators and labour groups
to coordinate and promote the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and
the Techno Expo with the aim of repositioning trade and technical
careers as a first-choice career option with youth. It is expected that
150 youth will participate in the competition, while another 250 will
attend the expo.

The annual Cariboo Regional Skills Competition is held at Thompson
Rivers University’s School of Trades and Technology and gives youth the
opportunity to participate in competitions. Competitions range from
automotive service and carpentry, to Web design and hair dressing.

The Techno Expo is a partnership between Thompson Rivers University and
local businesses and industries. Its objective is to show the community
the new trends in trades and technology to help youth make informed
career choices.