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For the past several years India has been observing WorldSkills International to see if they could find a way to join. Towards the end of 2006, India submitted an Application for Membership with WorldSkills International and at the recent Executive Board Meeting in Bangalore, India, they were accepted as a Member of WorldSkills International. 

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During the last WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki Finland in 2005, Estonia was able to send over some observers to really understand and see the WorldSkills movement in action. Since the WSC is hard to explain, seeing is believing. The chance to actually observe the WorldSkills Competition gave them the understanding of the magnitude and possibilities of the WorldSkills movement. Since then, they have been working with WorldSkills International to find out how to become Members. 

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By: Skills/Compétences Canada

In order to promote trades and technical careers to young Canadians, Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC) hosted the first annual Skilled Trades Day in Canada on October 30th, 2006. The official launch was in the National Capital of Ottawa at Algonquin College where it was officially kicked-off by the Government of Canada’s President of the Treasury Board, Minister John Baird and Mike Holmes of the popular TV show “Holmes on Homes”. Minister Baird and Mr. Holmes participated in a demonstration by Nathan Banke, Canada’s 2007 WorldSkills Competition Automotive Service Technician representative. 

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Dean McElhinney of Unicom Graphics and Bain Spielman of the Printing and Graphics Industries Association of Alberta unveil the decals that will be put on Unicom Graphics and Gould Printing Corporation trucks.

By Kasha Mysliwiec, The Weekly Albertan

With the WorldSkills competition coming to Calgary in September, host SAIT is gearing up to tell Calgary all about the big event.

The printing and publishing industry is promoting the event by putting decals on Unicom Graphics and Gould Paper Corporation’s trucks starting this month.

The decals have been created by SAIT students in the Digital Graphics Communications programs (DGC). SAIT got involved because one of its DGC students placed second in a printing competition in Toronto.

“The decals are being printed by SAIT DGC students,” said Willem Sijpheer, academic chair of journalism and graphics communications.

Both Unicom and Gould are leaders in their fields of print communications and distribution. 

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