Fall 2016 e-newsletter

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Message from the CEO
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) is gearing up for a busy fall with several meetings and events that will be held in the coming months.

Skills/Compétences Canada along with SkillsUSA, will be co-hosting the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly from October 2-6, 2016, in the picturesque city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. This will be the first time this event is held in Canada and we are pleased to be welcoming over 300 international delegates from around the globe to this impactful event. The event program includes a one-day WorldSkills Leaders Forum, which will be taking place on Tuesday October 4th and will include discussions around "Future Skills".

During the first week of November, SCC will be hosting National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW). From October 31 - November 6, 2016, SCC along with its Provincial/Territorial Member Organizations will be hosting events to raise awareness of skilled trade and technology careers to parents, youth and educators. SCC will also be hosting a launch for NSTTW on November 2nd, at the Red River College, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information about this week of activities, click here.

In addition, the 2017 WorldSkills Team Canada Prospects are getting ready to participate in the upcoming WorldSkills Canadian Trials, which will be taking place during the months of January and February of 2017, in various cities across Canada. The official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 will be announced in March 2017 and will begin preparations for the 44th WorldSkills Competition, being held in Abu Dhabi, from October 14-19, 2017.

Skills/Compétences Canada and Skills Canada Manitoba have begun preparations for the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition. This event will be held from May 31 to June 3rd, 2017, at the RBC Convention Center, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We hope to see you there!

Shaun Thorson
Chief Executive Officer
Skills/Compétences Canada In the News

Here are some recent news clips featuring the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition and Skills/Compétences Canada:

-Check out this article in  CBC News, which was published on August 14, 2016: 'There must be another solution': 3D printer fixes Yellowknife woman's broken car part, which features Jan Fullerton, Executive Director for Skills Canada N.W.T.

-Read this article: From lawn mowers to silver medals, Kincardine and District Secondary student Declan Mowle earns national recognition for mechanical skills, published in Grey Bruce This Week on July 22, 2016. This article features a competitor in Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment at SCNC 2016 who shares his experience at the competition.

-Check out this interview with the gold medalist in carpentry at SCNC 2016, in Sooke News Mirror, on July 12, 2016: EMCS student earns gold in national carpentry competition.

-Read this article: College grad wins national electronics competition, which features the gold medalist in electronics at SCNC 2016, published in Electronic Products and Technology, on July 11, 2016.

-Check out this article published in Yorkton This Week on July 1, 2016: YRHS robotics headed for worlds again, featuring the WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 Prospects in robotics.

-Read this article in the Western Star published on June 18, 2016: 'Katherine Gallant says work in skilled trades booming among for grads', featuring the winner of the gold medal in software solutions for business.

-Check out this article in the Lethbridge Herald, published on June 17, 2016: Local plumber to test his skills at world competition, which features a WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 Prospect.

-Read this interesting article: Vic High students win big at automotive competition featured in Victoria News on June 17, 2016.

-Read this press release issued by Skills/Compétences Canada and SkillsUSA:

2016 WorldSkills General Assembly in Niagara Falls, Canada, COMING SOON!! October 2 - October 6, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Seventh Annual Essential Skills Day
The seventh annual Essential Skills Day will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. The Government of Canada has identified nine Essential Skills needed for workplace success. These skills are used in every job to varying degrees and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

Visit  www.EssentialSkillsDay.ca   to learn more about Essential Skills Day and how you can get involved!
WorldSkills General Assembly Niagara Falls 2016
SkillsUSA and Skills/Compétences Canada will be hosting the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly on October 2-6, 2016, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Several meetings and special events will be held over the course of the week. Presentations will be made regarding the progress of preparations for the 2017 WorldSkills Competition and the WorldSkills 2025 vision will be discussed. To see the event programme, click here .

For more information about this event, visit their Website: www.worldskills2016.com.

WorldSkills Leaders Forum Partners

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) 
October 31 - November 6, 2016

Mark your calendar! Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) and its Member Organizations will be hosting events to raise awareness of skilled trade and technology careers to parents, youth and educators.  
This is an opportunity for all types of organizations across Canada, from businesses to educational institutions, to get involved in promoting skilled trade and technology opportunities to youth in a "hands-on" way.
SCC will be hosting an official launch for NSTTW, which will be held at the Red River College on November 2nd. This year's theme will be Working with Others , one of the nine Essential Skills. Click here for more information. 
A list of activities happening in each province and territory will be available as the date approaches at www.skillscanada.com .   Click here for contact information for each provincial/territorial office should you need more information.

Join Us for the 23rd Skills Canada National Competition!

For more information, click here.
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

The Largest Skills Competition, Jobs and Careers Event in The World!

Every two years, hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, come from around the world to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards. They represent the best of their peers drawn from regional and national skills competitions held in 75 countries or regions.

The next WorldSkills Competition will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from October 14-19, 2017, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. This is the first country in the Middle East to host a WorldSkills Competition.


More than 1,200 Competitors, 1,000 Experts, 3,000 volunteers and over 200,000 visitors will be participating in this exciting event. At WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the world's most skilled young people will be competing in over 50 disciplines. 
Come join Team Canada at this incredible international event. For more information about this event, visit www.worldskillsabudhabi2017.com.

In dustry News and Stories
Mentoring Tomorrow's Future
What does a mentor represent to you?
By definition, a mentor is recognized as "an experienced and trusted advisor". We may identify an elder family member, authority figure, coach, teacher, boss, or even a friend as a mentor.
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. Age is not always a factor. Where does a mentor gather their information from in the first place? Through reading, experience, or by the tutelage of another mentor? With regards to skilled trades, all of these apply. Journeypersons assume the important role of "mentor" to apprentices. Having completed an apprenticeship themselves, journeypersons often embrace the opportunity to pass on their knowledge, training and experience to a protégé.
UA Canada recognizes and promotes the value of apprenticeship training as the ideal model for learning a skilled trade. It is a time-proven vehicle to properly equip the next generation with the skills and tools to build Canada going forward. The amount spent on annual training is second to none in the industry and stands as a testimony to this fact.
There is acknowledgement on a large scale that our success relies on the cooperation of our members, working as one entity for the betterment of all. A true sharing of information from generation to generation and member to member provides the continuity needed to preserve our crafts and prevents the dilution of knowledge over time. Sharing "trade secrets" is commonplace. Mentorship plays a key role in that endeavour and we are active in every facet from the ground up. Our members have committed themselves to the advancement and promotion of skilled trades and apprenticeship, providing resources to the entire industry.
Through cooperation and partnerships with government and industry, the UA helps to maintain the integrity of the apprenticeship model. Our mentors have and will continue to contribute to every part of the training system from the training standards that guide the learning in this field, to course curriculums that affect classroom planning. While businesses must remain competitive, and trades may evolve, we do not believe that fractioning them into smaller skill sets to lower labour costs is a viable answer. Investing in the development of well-rounded, highly skilled and knowledgeable skilled trades workers that have been instilled with pride in their work while maintaining high levels of productivity is the value added. It produces safe and reliable results that will yield a sustainable profit for the industry.
We see the apprentices of tomorrow as our future. This carries a great level of responsibility, but one that we accept with pride and confidence given our own lessons learned from the classrooms, job sites, and mentors before us.
Contributed by: UA

Contributed by: DeWalt
SCNC 2017 Presenting Sponsors  
Essential Skills School Engagement Sponsor
SCNC 2017 Official Sponsors 

SCNC 2017 Supporting Sponsors 
Educational and Association Partners

Long-term Suppliers

WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 Official Funding Partner

WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 Official Partners

Click here for a list of all sponsors and suppliers for SCNC 2017.  
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