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Canadian Armed Forces partners with Skills/Compétences Canada to promote careers in the skilled trades

According to a recent RBC report, 700,000 skilled tradespeople are expected to retire by 2028.

March 22, 2022   by CM Staff

OTTAWA — Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, announces that the Canadian Armed Forces is returning as a Premier Partner of its upcoming events including its flagship event; the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), in Vancouver, B.C. SCNC will be held on May 26-27, at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

SCNC represents an opportunity for industry organizations to connect with students, parents, teachers and career seekers and inform them of the many career opportunities that are available in the skilled trades and technologies. The Canadian Armed Forces will be onsite at SCNC to engage with visitors of all ages. They will also participate in SCNC’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies, networking receptions and be involved in SCC’s 9+1 Skills for Success activities. At SCNC 2022, there will also be representatives from industry, government, and labour. Over 300 students and apprentices will compete for the title of national champion in more than 35 skilled trade and technology Skill Areas. In addition, there will be over 40 interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities that will give visiting students a glimpse into skilled trade and technology careers to spark their interest.

Skills/Compétences Canada is focused on promoting careers in the following six sectors: Construction, Employment, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering, Transportation and Services.

“Skills/Compétences Canada in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces, will continue to promote the importance of careers in the skilled trades and technologies to our future workforce. Thanks to partners like the Canadian Armed Forces we can host events that highlight the diverse education and career pathways in these sectors”, said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada.

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According to a recent RBC report, 700,000 skilled tradespeople are expected to retire by 2028. In order to fill these positions, it is important to inform Canadian youth about the variety of skilled trade and technology careers that are available to them. Building a strong skilled workforce is vital to our country’s economy and these careers represent great opportunities for tomorrow’s career seekers.