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Message from the CEO 
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) is getting ready for a busy fall. In September, the WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospects, their trainers and the experts will attend their first team meeting in Ottawa. During this meeting they will participate in several activities and learn about the next phase of the WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 selection process. This includes the WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Selection Event being held in May 2019 during the 25th Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 (WSTC 2019) members will be announced during the closing ceremony of SCNC. The selected individuals will then have two months to fine tune their preparations before they represent Canada at  the 45th WorldSkills Competition, being held in Kazan, Russia, from August 22-29, 2019.
During the first week of November, SCC will be leading National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) activities. From November 4-11, 2018, 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 be hosting a launch event for NSTTW on November 6th, at the Halifax Convention Centre. For more information about this week of activities, click here.
Skills/Compétences Canada and Skills Canada Nova Scotia have begun preparations for the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). On November 2nd in Halifax we will meet with our National Technical Committee Chairs, Vice-chairs and partners to finalize project details for the 44 trade and technology Skill Areas. This meeting is instrumental in the planning process and we cannot thank our volunteers and partners enough for their perspectives that shape the Skills Canada National Competition challenges to ensure they target the relevant skills for each sector.
The SCNC 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. It will be held from May 27 to May 30, 2019, at the Halifax Exhibition Centre. The event was last hosted in Halifax in 2006, so we are extremely excited to be back, working with Skills Canada Nova Scotia and our many partners that help us by "Creating Possibilities" for young Canadians across the country. Watch our social media channels for more information. Nova Scotia "Are you Ready?"

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

Here are some recent news clips featuring skilled trades, Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) and its Member Organizations.

Read these press releases by Skills/Compétences Canada:

-Read this press release issued by Skills/Compétences Canada on August 27th, 2018: WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospects Are Announced!
-Read this press release issued by Skills/Compétences Canada on August 28th, 2018: The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Signs on as the School Engagement Sponsor at SCNC 2019.

Check out these great news clips

-Read this interesting article featured in the summer edition of the Canadian Contractor Magazine (pages 18-21), which highlights the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition, in Edmonton: Skilled Trades Crisis Management.

-Read this article featured in   Magazine MCI on July 16, 2018 : De grands talents aux Olympiades des métiers spécialisés (Big talent at skills competition).
-Check out this article published on August 15, 2018, in Yahoo Finance featuring Skills Canada Nova Scotia: Skills Camp shows students career options in trades.

-Read this article featured in Canada NewsWire on August 20, 2018: Forty-one percent of employers in Canada report difficulty filling positions as employers struggle to find workers with the right balance of soft and hard skills.
-Read this inspiring article published in the summer edition of MyCityLife which highlights women in the skilled trades and features one of SCC's spokespeople: Sherry Holmes: Framing the Trades in a New Way.

-Check out this article published on September 5, 2018, in the  Vancouver Sun: 'No one available to work': How labour woes are crimping our economy's prospects, which talks about the shortage of skilled trade workers in Canada.

-Read this great article published on September 10, 2018, in the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton apprentice wants to represent Canada in Russia skills competition, which features Muhammad Afzal, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospect in Autobody Repair.
-Check out this article featured in The Guardian on September 12, 2018: Two P.E.I. youth to vie for spot on WorldSkills Team Canada 2019, which highlights Robbie McMahon in Industrial Control, and Justin Buchanan in 3D Digital Game Art, two WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospects.
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SCNC 2018 Recap Booklet
The 24th Skills Canada National Competition held last June 4th and 5th in Edmonton, Alberta, was a success! Relive the memories by reading about the highlights of this event and seeing incredible event photos. Click here for the SCNC 2018 Recap Booklet .
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) Launches Second Essential Skills Back to School Campaign!
SCC's Back to School campaign brings awareness to individuals about developing and maintaining high level Essential Skills. SCC invited alumni and industry partners to help spread the Essential Skills word via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Thank you to everyone who participated! Good Essential Skills make for successful students and successful future employees. Click here for more information.
How do students use Essential Skills?

Document Use - interpreting course schedules
Reading Text - understanding course descriptions
Thinking Skills - including job task planning & organization to help students sort their school demands with work schedules
Continuous Learning - ensuring students are continuously learning in all facets of life, at school, at their jobs, and in life. This is also the theme for the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, in Halifax.   
Click here for Essential Skills resources. 
Visit www.skillscompetencescanada.com to learn more about the nine Essential Skills.
Assessing and Developing 'Soft' Skills - Forging a Pan-Canadian Framework

In early August, Skills/Compétences Canada participated in a gathering with employers, career developers, educators and industry representatives from across Canada. These groups explored how we can build a new, or expand on an existing framework, that will enhance the assessment and development of 'soft' skills.

The meeting was part of a project, funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), that had three objectives:

-Develop a plan to create a common assessment and development approach for 'soft' skills in Canada;
-Propose the integration of 'soft' skills into Canada's existing Essential Skills framework; and
-Identify and develop common terminology around 'soft' skills.

SCC's participation is an expansion of the Essential Skills program that addresses 'soft' skills. This includes using the Employability Skills Assessment Tool, which will help ensure that the national team is well prepared for the 45th WorldSkills Competition, being held in Kazan, Russia, in 2019.

The group, led by Futureworx Society of Nova Scotia, reviewed the results of the national survey and current literature on the subject of 'soft' skills. The consensus was that expanding the Essential Skills framework to include more 'soft' skills could better support Canadians who seek to develop the skills they need for success. It would also help employers who want to attract and develop skilled employees, and trainers and educators whose task is it to build a workforce with the skills needed to respond to technological and social change.

The group's conclusions, which will be shared in a final report to OLES in November (and therefore have not been endorsed by OLES to date) proposes the expansion of the existing Essential Skills framework in a way that will provide users with:

-A common language for training and resource development purposes;
-A process for adding skills to the framework in a managed manner, so that a 'library' of skills is gradually created in response to user needs;
-A layered, non-hierarchical structure for categorizing those skills;
-A template for describing each skill in the 'library', its applicability across sectors, regions and demographics and any tools and resources available to support its assessment and development.
- A national backbone organization, governed by stakeholders, to vet and maintain the framework and evolving skill 'library', promote its use, and create opportunities for the development and sharing of good practices.

Survey and report results will be provided on the Futureworx website, www.futureworx.ca, in the coming months. For more information, please contact Paul Brinkhurst, paulb@futureworx.ca.

Upcoming Events

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) 
November 4 -11, 2018
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 ideal opportunity for Canadian organizations, industry, labour, government, associations and educational institutions to get involved in promoting skilled trade and technology opportunities to youth through interactive activities.
A list of activities happening in each province and territory is available at  www.skillscanada.com . To obtain more information about these activities, please contact your provincial/territorial office.
SCC will be hosting the official launch of NSTTW on Tuesday, November 6, from 8:45 am - 9:30 am, at the Halifax Convention Centre, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. This event will kick off a week of activities hosted across the country. Special guests, including Sherry Holmes, Contractor, Part-time Designer, & weekend DIYer will join approximately 500 students from the Halifax area who will participate in a variety of hands-on activities highlighting the nine Essential Skills. Click here to download the poster.

For more information about NSTTW 2018, go to  www.skillscanada.com.
Get Ready for the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition - Halifax, NS
The countdown is on for the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), taking place May 27-30, 2019, at the Halifax Exhibition Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Skills Canada National Competition. Through SCNC, Skills/Compétences Canada promotes skilled trade and technology careers to Canadian youth. The Skills Canada National Competition is our flagship event and is an ideal way to connect with tomorrow's workforce!
Approximately 7,500 student visitors will experience over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities during the two-day competition, May 28 and 29. Over 550 provincial and territorial champions from across Canada will compete for medal placement in over 40 trade and technology competitions. In addition, 62 WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospects will participate in the WSTC 2019 Selection Event and the winner will be named as part of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019, who will be representing Canada at the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia!
The event is free and open to the public. Be sure to join us! You can register your class and give them the opportunity to participate in and learn about skilled trade and technology careers through our school tours. Travel subsidies are available! For more information, click here   .
To stay up to date with SCNC Halifax 2019, go to: www.skillscompetencescanada.com
Follow our Journey to Kazan for the World's Largest Skills Competition!
Every two years, the WorldSkills Competition represents the best of international excellence in skilled trades and technologies. 2019 will mark the first time that Russia is hosting the WorldSkills Competition. From August 22-27, 2019, young competitors from around the globe will gather at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre for the 45th WorldSkills Competition, with the goal of earning the title of world champion in their skill area. 
These competitors represent the best of their peers and have earned a spot on their country's team through dedication and hard work. At the WorldSkills Competition, competitors will participate in simulated real work challenges, and will be judged against international quality standards.
About WorldSkills Kazan 2019:
More than 1,300 competitors from up to 79 Member countries and regions will compete in over 50 Skill Areas representing six sectors: 
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Construction and Building Technology
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Creative Arts and Fashion
  • Social and Personal Services
The Competition takes place in front of approximately 150,000 spectators in over 800,000 square feet of space in a newly constructed building.
The WorldSkills Competition inspires youth to discover the many careers that are available in the skilled trade and technology sectors. With an increasing demand for skilled workers, the trade and technology sectors represent a lucrative and exciting career path for youth around the world.
Throughout the Competition, stakeholders from industry, government, and education are provided with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education at networking events and thought-provoking conferences.
The event slogan is "Skills for the Future", which is also the official Competition hashtag: #skillsforthefuture.

For more information, visit: worldskills2019.com.
About WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Selection Event:
This year represented a qualifying year for the 45th WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia. At the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition, the two highest ranking age eligible participants in identified Skill Areas were selected to participate in the next stage of the WorldSkills Team Canada Selection Process. These WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospects will participate in various training activities and a mental preparation program between September 2018 and May 2019. These candidates will participate in a WorldSkills Team Canada Selection Event that will coincide with SCNC 2019. The winners from this Selection Event will be named to WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 and represent Canada at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
  Click here for more information.
Check out the Latest News on WorldSkills Kazan 2019:
-WorldSkills Flag Relay begins its Russian stage!   To read more .
-Rapper L'One is the new WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Ambassador. To read more .
In dustry News and Stories

From Growing up as a Grass Dancer, to a Career in the Filming Industry, Daniel White has Found his Calling in the Plumbing World
"Water is the lifeline of all of us on this earth. It doesn't matter who you are, without water, we can't exist. And if you decide to jump into plumbing, you're keeping the world alive."
Starting out as first year apprentice plumber at 34 years of age, Daniel realized how rewarding a career in the unionized construction trades could be. From the in-depth training, attention to safety, pension, benefits and paid education, the UA has supported him and every other member, every step of the way.

The craftsmanship and pride that goes into the work of a tradesman has shown Dan that a career in the construction trade is not a secondary choice but an amazing opportunity that one can take pride in. He states that plumbing isn't just a job with a paycheque, but a fulfilling career with a prosperous future.
Daniel White proudly pursues a career in the skilled trades as a plumber, at UA Canada. 
"We're good. We're hard workers. We're warriors. Being Indigenous, we care so much about pride. It runs in my family. When you step down off that ladder and you look at what you just did... you built that, that's not going to be gone tomorrow. That's going to be around for a hundred years or more. Let's get out there and show the world," said Dan.     
UA Canada has a wide range of highly skilled individuals representing all aspects of the piping industry, including Plumbers, Steamfitters/Pipefitters, Welders, HVACR, Instrumentation Techs and Sprinklerfitters. At UA Canada, we understand that it takes the right individual to succeed in the trades. Having people like Daniel brings a different perspective and new ideas to the table.

Daniel hopes to see more youth get involved in the skilled trades. "Whether you're a woman, or Indigenous, or anyone, I hope you look into the trades. Even if one person reads this and thinks to themselves maybe I could do it. Just go for it! "
Contributed by: UA Canada 
From Skilled Student to Skilled Worker: A PCL Superintendent's Story
Chris Erbus, a PCL Construction superintendent, has been a competitor and a judge at provincial skills competitions. Find out why he thinks it's important to support the future of the industry through skills competitions.  
Chris has been involved with Skills/Compétences Canada since he was approached by his college instructor to compete at the Skills Canada Manitoba provincial competition, in 2008.
Despite not having real-world experience, Chris placed fourth. He jumped at the chance to compete again, winning first place at the Skills Manitoba provincial competition in 2012. This qualified him for the following Skills Canada National Competition, which he missed for the birth of his first child.  
After graduation, Chris was asked to judge the Skills Manitoba provincial competition, something he's done every year since. "I enjoy watching how each student approaches the challenge in a different way," said Chris. "Since the students are some of the best and brightest, I always learn something new."
Chris sees PCL's sponsorship of Skills Canada as a demonstration of support for education and trade excellence. "Skilled workers are the key to our success," he said. "My advice is to take the time to build people up and show them that you have an interest in their development. It can be very motivational for young people if they see that you notice their achievements and that you support their growth, especially through competitions like skills competitions."
Chris judging at the 2015 Skills Canada Manitoba provincial competition.
Contributed by: PCL Construction     

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SCNC 2019 Supporting Sponsor

Try-A-Trade® and Technology Partners
Educational and Association Partners

Multi-Year Suppliers

Click here for a list of all sponsors and suppliers for SCNC Halifax 2019.  
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Views or opinions of contributors presented in this e-newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of Skills/Compétences Canada.