Message from the CEO
has just returned from
Russia after participating at the 45
WorldSkills Competition. We are very p
to have supported WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors at this
incredible event and to have witnessed
After months of intensive training
and mental preparation
members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019
competed at the 45
title of world champion
. WorldSkills Kazan 2019
was held in
over 1,300 of the best
talent in skilled trades and technology
in the world
. Team Canada
silver medal and 14 medallions of excellence. We are very proud of their
hard work and their
accomplishments on the world stage
SCC is getting ready for a busy and productive fall season with many meetings and events that will be held in the coming months.
During the first week of November, SCC will be hosting National
and Technology Week
along with its Provincial/Territorial Member
will be ho
events to raise awareness of skilled trade and technology careers to parents, youth and educators. If you are hosting any skills related events or activities during that week please let us know. SCC
in partnership with Skills Canada
British Columbia and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
will be ho
NSTTW on November
, at BCIT
, British Columbia
For more information about
the launch and
this week of activities
Canada and Skills
preparations for the 20
Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).
1 and 2,
the NTC chairs, co-chairs
BC host region National Technical
to develop the contest descriptions and project
for SCNC 2020.
Thank you to all of our volunteers
for their continued support
, we could not host
of this caliber
Skills Canada National Competition
will be held
May 28 and 29, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia
. We hope
us for this exciting and impactful event
Chief Executive Officer
Skills/Compétences Canada In the News
Here are some recent news clips featuring the 45th WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia:
Read this press release
of WorldSkills Kazan 2019
on August 27:
WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Celebrates their Participation at the 45th WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia
Read this article
published on August 28
on Jack Dupuis, Silver Medalist in
Heavy Vehicle Technology
at WorldSkills Kazan 2019:
Le mécanicien québécois de véhicules lourds Jack Dupuis médaillé en Russie
La Voix de l'Est
Une esthéticienne originaire de Granby médaillée en Russie
Check out this article
on Jake Doan, competitor in Industrial Mechanic Millwright featured in
Education News Canada
on September 6:
Sheridan Apprentice Receives a Medallion for Excellence at WorldSkills in Russia
this article on Raoul
, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in Mechanical Engineering Design CAD, published in
on August 30:
Raoul Surprenant, diplômé du cégep de Saint-Laurent, se distingue à Kazan
this article featuring Bogdan
, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors in Mechatronics, published on August 29 on the
Humber College Website
Humber excels in WorldSkills Mechatronics competition
Check out this article on Muhammad Afzal, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in Autobody Repair
published on August 24
'Olympics of the trades': NAIT apprentice in Russia for WorldSkills competition
Read this article
, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors in Mechatronics, published on August 21 in
Humber grads head to WorldSkills 2019 for mechatronics competition
Check out this article on Taylor Desjardins,
WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in Cabinetmaking published in
CTV Calgary News
on August 14:
SAIT student heading to Russia to compete in WorldSkills Competition
Check this article in
on August 13, which highlights Clarissa Roque, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in Confectioner/Pastry Cook:
Burnaby baker, cook to show off their skills on world stage
Read this article on Zachary Walsh,
WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
on August 12
National winner from Annapolis Valley off to world skills competition in Russia
Check out this article in
Collision Repair Magazine
on July 25 which highlights Maggie Friesen, competitor in Car Painting at WorldSkills Kazan 2019:
The countdown for WorldSkills is on!
Check out this feature on Taylor Oliver-McCallum, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in Plumbing and Heating, published in the
on July 18:
Wetaskiwin tradesman competes in world skills competition.
Read this article in
on July 4th which highlights Sébastien Brissette, competitor in Landscape Gardening
at the 45 WorldSkills Competition
Un Mascouchois au Mondial des métiers.
To see more articles on WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors, click on their individual profiles here.
SCNC Halifax 2019 - Recap Booklet
Skills Canada Nationa
l Competition (SCNC) held last
Halifax, Nova Scotia
memorable event as we celebrated SCNC's 25
Remember this milestone
the highlights of this event and seeing
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WorldSkills Kazan 2019: Team Canada Winners are Announced!
several months of intensive training and dedicated focus, the 32 members of WorldSkills Team Canada
to Russia to compete at WorldSkills Kazan 2019
with the goal of winning the
title of international champion
The WorldSkills Competition is held every two years and is the world championship of skills, and the most prestigious international vocational skills competition.
WorldSkills Kazan 2019 was held from August 22
27 2019 at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre with Opening and Closing Ceremonies being held at the Kazan Arena.
over 1,300 competitors from more than 60 WorldSkills member countries and regions competing in 56 Skill Areas.
Approximately 250,000 visitors
from Russia and beyond
were onsite during the
to witness this exciting
WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors participate in the parade of nations at the Opening Ceremony of the 45th WorldSkills Competition.
After the four days of intense competition, the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony on August 27
. WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 was awarded with a
edal and 14
xcellence. Skills Canada would like to congratulate
from Val-Alain, Que
for winning the
edal in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
was a student at the
Centre de formation
and is now employed at
like to thank his trainer Steve Schram-Jobin and his expert Angelo Spano for
all of their hard work and
Jack Dupuis (on the left), silver medalist in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance at WorldSkills Kazan 2019, proudly poses for a photo at the Winners Circle.
, congratulations to
the following competitors
were awarded a Medallion of Excellence:
- Bogdan Malynovskyy and Mateusz Cwalinski, in Mechatronics
- Raoul Suprenant, in Mechanical Engineering Design CAD
- Adam Sebastian, in Welding
- Grégoire Michetti, in Aircraft Maintenance
- Karime Ait-Allaoua and Herman Muller, in Mobile Robotics
- Taylor Desjardins, in Cabinetmaking
- Marie-Soleil Perreault, in Beauty Therapy
- Lisa Aernoudts, in Fashion Technology
- Clarissa Roque, in Confectioner/Pastry Cook
- Pascal Doiron, in Automobile Technology
- Leah Patitucci, in Cooking
- Zachary Walsh, in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Joseph Thoong, in Graphic Design Technology
- Jake Doan, in Industrial Mechanics Millwright
While in Kazan, the WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors also had the opportunity to participate in several activities. This included
a Canada Night Reception which took place at the
Hotel on August 26
to celebrate the team's hard work and accomplishments.
They also participated in the One School, One Country Programme, where schools in the host country
matched with a WorldSkills Member country or region. This g
the students an opportunity to
learn about the values, traditions and culture of the WorldSkills Member that they have adopted, as well as
information about the skilled careers represented at the Competition. As the Canadian Member Organization of WorldSkills, Skills/
Canada was paired up with
. While visiting their school, they had the opportunity to meet the students, sit in on their classes and participate in
about their educational system.
Rashad Ali, WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitor in CNC Turning, poses for a photo with a Tatarstan dancer at the welcome reception at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
had the opportunity to participate in
excursions such as a visit to a traditional Tatarstan Village
an assemblage of historic timbered buildings, which marks the
quarter where ethnic Tatars were forced to live following the siege of Kazan in 1552.
They also visited the Kazan Kremlin and grounds
, a famous world heritage site
and attended a welcome reception at the International Equestrian Sports Complex where they tasted
Russian cuisine, watched live horse races and were entertained by
A few interesting facts about WorldSkills Kazan 2019:
For the first time
a flag relay preceded the WorldSkills Competition. In February 2018, the WorldSkills official flag was sent to the International
pace Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket. It
travelled around the world to all the countries that previously hosted a WorldSkills Competition.
For WorldSkills Kazan 2019, competitors and experts were housed in newly built WorldSkills Village capable of holding 14,000 people.
The Skills Competitions are constantly evolving to reflect our changing world. At WorldSkills Kazan 2019, Water Technology and Hotel Reception became new official Skill Areas.
- The WorldSkills Kazan 2019 shopping list included: 150,000 sheets of paper for Print Media Technology, 30,400 screws for Plumbing and Heating and 1,000 cocktail sticks for Restaurant Services. General items needed for this Competition included: 24,800 bricks, 1,944 drinking glasses, 450 chef's hats, 24,838 individual fresh flowers, 22 drones and 35,000 meters of electrical cable to name a few.
Skills/Compétences Canada Celebrates Essential Skills Day with the Essential Skills Back to School Campaign!
Skills/Compétences Canada's (SCC)
Back to School campaign brings awareness
to individuals about developing and maintaining high level Essential Skills
This year, SCC
partnered with ABC Life Literacy Canada to promote
Essential Skills Day
on September 19, 2019.
On this day,
a live chat discussion on Twitter
. You can also
check out our
on our social media channels
to test your knowledge of Essential Skills
. Find out which
you need to be a successful Apprentice or Tradesperson.
invited alumni and i
ndustry partners to help spread the Essential Skills word via
using the hashtag
Thank you to
Good Essential Skills make for successful students and successful future employees.
for Essential Skills resources.
How do students use Essential Skills?
interpreting course schedules
This is also the theme for the
2019 National Skilled Trades and Technology Week and the
2020 Skills Canada National Competition, in Vancouver
understanding course descriptions
including job task planning & organization to help students sort their school demands with work schedules
ensuring students are continuously learning in all facets of life
at school, at their jobs, and in life.
Get Ready for National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) November 3-9, 2019
Canada (SCC) and its Member Organizations will be hosting events to r
aise awareness of skilled trade
and technology careers to
parents, youth and educators.
is week of
events will include cardboard boat races,
young women's conferences,
in-school presentations and
, to name a few.
This is an opportunity for organizations across Canada,
industry, education, labour, government, associations and
educational institutions, to get invo
lved in promoting skilled trade
and technology opportunities to youth
and interactive wa
C will be hosting the
at the British Columbia Institute of Technology,
, British Columbia
During the launch
student visitors will have the opportunity to participate in
and Technology activities and discover the
careers that exist in
several industry sectors
This year's Essential Skills theme will be
will be available
on SCC's Web site
the coming weeks
If you are interested in p
artnering with us for NSTTW 201
, please contact Gail Vent
, Director, Business Development and Marketing
Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Skills Canada National Competition!
ext year's Skills Canada National Competition
, at the
Vancouver Convention Centre
, in Vancouver, British Columbia
marks the 2
year of the Skills Canada National Competition.
Through SCNC, Skills/
skilled trade and technolog
through competition and fun and interactive Try-A-Trade
and Technology activities
Skills Canada National Competition is our flagship event and is a
way to connect with tomorrow's workforce!
competitors in action as they compete for the title of national champion in over 40 skilled trade and technology Skill Areas.
SCNC Vancouver 2020 will also be a qualifying year for
WorldSkills Shanghai 2021.
SCNC 2020 Highlights include
- Over 7,500 student visitors
50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities
Over 40 skill competitions representing six sectors: Construction; Employment; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Engineering; Transportation; Service
- Over 550 secondary and post secondary competitors from across Canada
celebrities Kate Campbell
Tie-in to the importance of the
nine Essential Skills
in the skilled trades and technologies
with a focus on
this year's theme
Essential Skills stage: partners can highlight their trade
through interactive demonstrations during the two days of competition
- Dedicated "Career Zone" where over 60 industry partners will demonstrate their brand or trade through interactive activities with visitors of all ages
- VIP networking events attended by corporate sponsors, educators, national and provincial industry partners, labour and government stakeholders
Qualifying year for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021
its location near the mouth of the
and on the
Strait of Georgia
, and their
, has for thousands of years, been a place of meeting, trade and settlement. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and
quality of life
. Winters in Greater Vancouver are the fourth mildest of Canadian cities after nearby
, all on Vancouver Island.
We could not hold an event
of this magnitude
without the support of our
including the Government of Canada
, our education partners
Our multi-year partners include:
Canadian Copper & Brass Association
Computers for Success Canada
Copper Development Association
Emerson Climate Technologies
Featherlite a Louisville Ladder Company
Gene Haas Foundation
McCordick a Bunzl Company
Sheet Metal Workers Local 296
Stanley / DeWalt
Volvo Construction Equipment
best suit your organization,
Gail Vent, Director, Business Development and Marketing,
1-877-754-5336 ext.507, firstname.lastname@example.org, or download our
Shanghai Will Host 46th WorldSkills Competition
During the WorldSkills General Assembly held at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, it was announced that Shanghai, China had won the bid to host the 46
This is the second time China will be hosting the WorldSkills Competition. In 1993 the WorldSkills Competition was held in
Held every two years, the WorldSkills Competition
is the world's largest professional education event and represents the
gold standard of excellence
in skilled trades and technologies
young Competitors to reach new heights, helping them turn their passion into a profession.
Shanghai is hosting the 46
22 to 27, 2021
1,300 competitors from more than 60 member countries and regions
in Shanghai, China to compete for the title of international champion.
dustry News and Stories
UA Canada - Skills Explored
UA Canada, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters of Canada
, hosted their annual Indigenous Students Program at the Skills Canada National Competition in May this year in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This program invites local Indigenous high school students to attend this amazing event, introducing them to over 40 skilled trades and technologies.
Twenty-six local Indigenous students signed up for the program and were bussed to Halifax, with their chaperones, from as far
as Cape Breton Island.
After arriving in Halifax, UA Canada hosted a dinner for their
uests at a local restaurant before whisking them off to the Skills Canada National Competition
eremony at the Cunard Centre in downtown Halifax. Filled with cheers for all the
ompetitors from across Canada, the students were wowed by such a vibrant celebration.
The students then turned in for the night to rest up for the exciting day ahead.
In the morning, the students arrived at the Skills Canada National Competition at the Halifax Exhibition Centre. They were greeted by their UA Canada host, Jill
, and tour guides from Skills
Canada where they received their day passes, backpacks, and
Along with their guides and chaperones, the students toured the Skills Canada National Competition
, which hosted more than 550 competitors, competing in over 40
challenges the winners from each of the
ompetitions, in each skilled trade
, to determine the
. The students were able to watch these competitors do their very best to win the
edal in their skilled trade
The Indigenous student group explores skilled trades and technology careers at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, in Halifax.
There were many Try-
® and Technology
booths set up throughout the event. The students were encouraged to try their hand at any of the
that interested them. With each
® and Technology
that they tried, the students could get a stamp in their
assport, then enter
to win a draw for a prize.
After lunch, students were entertained at
the Essential Skills Stage with UA Canada's Ryan Skalko
hosting the Trade Trivia Contest. The contest had two teams of students competing to see who had learned the most about the trades while at this amazing event. One of the students
won a great prize!
In the afternoon, students were bussed to UA Local 56 to have a tour of their fantastic training facility, hosted by the Business Manager himself, Darren Muise. The group talked about what they had discovered about the trades while snacking on sandwiches, pop and cookies. The students then boarded the bus for one last
long ride home.
UA Canada is looking forward to hosting this event again next year, on May 28
29, when the
Skills Canada National Competition is held in Vancouver, B
C. We hope to see you there!
UA Canada, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters of Canada, is a Premier Sponsor for the Skills Canada National Competition
: UA Canada
Women of Steel - Forging New Opportunities: Introduction to Welding Program
CWB Welding Foundation recently announced the
Women Of Steel - Forging New Opportunities: Introduction to Welding Program (IWP) which delivered an overview of the welding profession to 72 participants through a 30 hour, one week program. This was launched at six post-secondary institutions across Canada and developed specifically for women across geographic and demographic sectors. This program encourages the participants to explore careers in welding, gain valuable hands on experience and enables them to launch further investigation into educational and work opportunities. This will also allow them to develop the skills needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trade and labour market across Canada.
Each participant completes a 30 hour course that covers an introduction to the welding trade CWBI Acorn Health and Safety, basic theory of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), and welding with the SMAW process. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be tested to obtain CWB Welder Qualification in a fillet weld, flat position. This is the first step which enables graduates to enter the workforce.
Introduction to Welding Program locations included Edmonton, Alta., Tiverton, Ont., Ottawa, Ont., Regina, Sask., Moncton, N.B., and Whitehorse, Yuk. throughout August and September 2019.
"As an instructor for the Introduction to Welding Program held in Edmonton, Alta., in August 2019, I watched a motivated group of women improve their welding skills in a very short period of time. The majority of the class had no prior tool experience, let alone welding experience, but were able to produce a sealable fillet weld by the end of the program week. I have had some third year apprentices with over 3,000 hours of work experience who were not able to produce the quality and sound metal these ladies have learned to do within the IWP course. It has created a platform where women can learn practical and theoretical welding skills that will set them up to advance in their next steps towards a career in the Canadian welding skilled trade."
- Wesley Schneider, Welding Instructor, 2019 Introduction to Welding Program, Alberta Pipe Trades Training College, Edmonton, Alta. Wesley's has worked for the Government of Alberta, as the Welding Consultant/Trades Officer and is now an Instructor at Alberta Pipe Trades Training College.
83% of the women at the Edmonton, Alta. IWP successfully passed their CWB Fillet Weld Test. We look forward to sharing the results from all of the IWPs, which you will be able to find on our website at
Participants of the
Women Of Steel - Forging New Opportunities: Introduction to Welding Program (IWP) develop their welding skills.
Contributed by: CWB Welding Foundation
Consulab is a Proud Supporter of Skills
Consulab has a long and soried history with Skills/Compétences Canada and SkillsUSA organizations in North America, as well as WorldSkills. Since 1999 when the 35th WorldSkills Competition was hosted in Montréal, Consulab has developed and supplied products at dozens of national and international level competitions. Consulab President, Kevin Boden, has been a strong supporter of the trades, and Skills specifically, for more than a decade. Consulab has volunteered products and resources in support of skills competitions, not because we benefit, but because as a company we feel it's the right thing to do.
Consulab has been a proud supporter of skills for over a decade.
As a company, our core beliefs and business practices are aligned with those of WorldSkills. Every product we develop and manufacture has outstanding educational value that has been determined by extensive research by our educational research team. From conception to final production our product line is carefully assembled and checked over by highly skilled tradespeople using purposeful educational outcomes tied to the products. Educators and students are the driving force behind every quality ConsuLab product built.
WorldSkills Competitions - Lasting Experiences and Memories
I have had the
of experiencing Skills at
. For the second time now, I
part of a World
takes place every
, and this year, Kazan, Russia
the choice destination.
This level of competition reunites the best of the best, from countries all around the world. The participants and their support teams gather to compete
but most importantly to share their passion and dedication to the trade
they have chosen
. New lasting friendships are formed, different cultures are discovered, and boundaries are broken
, leaving this new generation of skilled youth
with opportunities that will benefit them throughout their entire career and life.
As a sponsor and technical support to the Industrial M
rade, I am so proud and thankful to be part of the whole Skills
dventure. It has shown me
my eyes to the fact that
not only opportunit
that our youth get to choose
and flourish in.
If you are a young person
which path to embark on
or where your interests lie,
look at everything that the skills world has to offer you
the many opportunities that are available to you
Contributed by: Nathalie Drouin,
The Importance of Technical Education
Metal-cutting skills are essential to the global economy and the future prosperity of manufacturing in every country. Through our partnership with
brings attention to vocational education that is imperative to bridging the skills gap in
metal-cutting industry around the world.
on both local and global levels for
years and it goes in line with our initiatives for community involvement and sustainable business with the goal to contribute to
," explains David Andrews, General Manager, Sandvik
is an integral part of our corporate citizenship and a way for us to give back to the community as we do with the Sandvik Centre for Machinist Technology at the North Alberta Institute of Technology.
The Sandvik Coromant e-learning program Metal Cutting Technology
Metal cutting competence
is in short supply worldwide
, and demand is growing for education to meet the complexity of modern manufacturing.
In addition to our support of education institutions and Skills Canada,
Sandvik Coromant shares their
own technical knowledge
for metalworking skills.
The focus is to understand terms and definitions and how to apply tools for turning, milling, boring and tool holding.
In Canada, schools and companies are using MCT to help students and employees keep up to date with the latest industry methods and concepts.
Participants get an understanding of the basics of production economics and how to improve productivity and profitability.
CTA: Start the e-learning
Contributed by: Sandvik Coromant
SCNC 2020 Presenting Sponsor
SCNC 2020 Premier Sponsors
SCNC 2020 Official Sponsors
SCNC 2020 Supporting Sponsor
Try-A-Trade® and Technology Partners
Click here for a list of all sponsors and suppliers for SCNC
Click here for a list of all sponsors and suppliers for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.