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Launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week

8 November 2012

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Mag Ruffman, Canada’s Toolgirl, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Canada

By Christianne Scholfield, Skills/Compétences Canada 

On 6 November, Skills/Compétences Canada hosted the official launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, was in attendance and spoke about the importance of youth gaining the skills and experience needed to prepare for and succeed in the job market and how the Government is encouraging apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

Mag Ruffman, Canada’s Toolgirl, also gave an inspiring speech about the perceptions surrounding careers in the field of skilled trades and why she feels that our country needs more “makers”. This year’s event underlined the history and importance of skilled trades in Canada and included several Try-A-Trade® and Technology Activities that highlighted the evolution of the trades.

Thanks to the many Skills/Compétences Canada partners and sponsors, students were able to see, touch and try state of the art equipment and materials. In addition, the over 200 students from local schools had the opportunity to visit the Museum’s Canada Hall where they were asked to identify a trade from each sector for a chance to win an iPad. Congratulations to the following winner: Brad Richardson from Longfields High School.

There was also a second prize, awarded by Lowe’s, which included all the tools and materials used in their Try-A-Trade® activity. Congratulations to the winning school: St. Francis Xavier.

This event marked the launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week. Many Member Organizations will be hosting events across the country to promote these valuable career options.