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Canada’s Best Are Ready to Compete at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Team Canada will be competing to win as they test their skilled trade and technology skills against competitors from 72 countries

OTTAWA, Aug. 11, 2015 /CNW/ – Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades, today announced that WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 is primed and ready to compete at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition. The international event takes place from August 11 – 16, 2015 at Anhembi Park, São Paulo, Brazil. WorldSkills is considered to be the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technologies training, bringing together the world’s best. This year marks Canada’s 13th participation in a WorldSkills Competition.

WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 is made up of skills champions and competitors from across the country, all under the age of 23. The competitors earned their positions on Team Canada by winning local, regional, provincial and national competitions. Accompanied by an 85-member delegation that includes trainers, mentors, industry representatives and parents, the 29 members of Team Canada will test their skills against international competency standards and more than 1,000 competitors from 72 countries. Team Canada is entered to compete in 27 out of 50 combined team and individual skilled trade and technology skill areas. For biographies and background information on WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 visit skillscompetencescanada.com.

“WorldSkills is a one-of-a-kind international event that promotes the importance of skills education and training for youth,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada. “Following months of intensive training and preparation, the talented young people that make up WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 are ready to compete against their peers on the world stage. Along with support from business leaders, teachers, parents and trainers, we want to wish Team Canada the best of luck as they showcase their skills and talent to the world.”

WorldSkills takes place every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world. The Competition provides leaders in industry, labour, government and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education. New ideas and processes are bought to the forefront to inspire youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology. The Competitors are selected from WorldSkills’ Member countries and regions, representing the best of their peers. At this year’s Competition, new skills areas have been added, further expanding the diverse technical skills that will be tested, with Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) being one that Canada lead in the effort to be included.

In addition to the competition, Canada will be participating in the ‘One School One Country’ program. This activity is intended to foster interaction between Competitors from the participating countries and students from local schools in order to promote education and vocational training. Students from approximately 55 secondary schools in São Paulo and its surroundings will receive visits from Competitors from different countries providing cultural exchange and career learning opportunities. For more information on the ‘One School One Country’ program visit the WorldSkills São Paulo website at worldskillssaopaulo2015.com/en/events/one-school-one-country/.

For more information about WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 visit www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com.

About Skills Canada
Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada’s future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills. For more information, visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.

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SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

Image with caption: “Team Canada at the Official WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 Reception in May, at the Shaw offices in Ottawa. Photo credit Skills/Compétences Canada. (CNW Group/Skills/Compétences Canada)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150811_C5491_PHOTO_EN_475259.jpg

For further information: Caroline McGrath, For Skills/Compétences Canada, 416-972-1642, caroline@cmm-communications.com

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