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National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2014 kicks off



Nov. 4, 2014 – Skills Canada launched its 10th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week today, which it says aims to create awareness for students and educators of the “incredible career opportunities” available in skilled trades and technologies across Canada.

About 300 local students participated in hands-on Try-a-Trade and Technology activities put on by 11 industry partners and Algonquin college in Ottawa, Ont. Speakers included Mike Holmes Jr. of Holmes Makes it Right and Mike’s Ultimate Garage, as well as executive chef Jonathan Korecki from Ottawa’s 18 & SideDoor restaurants.

“It is essential for Canadians to understand the vital role of skilled trades and technology in our society and its importance for our economy,” said Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson.

This year’s Essential Skill highlights the importance of numeracy—and its many forms of math skills—fundamental to entering these career paths.

“There is a paradox of too many Canadians without jobs and too many jobs without workers. To address this, it is critical that we match the skills of Canadians with the needs of employers,” noted Jason Kenney, Canada’s jobs minister. “A career in the trades or technology not only offers rewarding work opportunities for individuals, it also contributes to Canada’s competitive advantage in the global economy.”

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With the official launch complete, Skills Canada and its member organizations will host regional events throughout the week to promote skilled trades and technologies across Canada.