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Canadian Armed Forces Partners with Skills/Compétences Canada to Promote Skilled Trade and Technology Careers to Future Workforce

Canadian Armed Forces has joined Skills/Compétences Canada as Premier Sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition 2024, in Québec.

OTTAWA, Ontario, February 13, 2024 Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, is proud to
announce that the Canadian Armed Forces will continue their support as Premier Sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) 2024, in Québec City, Québec.

Their generous support will enable SCC to raise awareness of the rewarding careers that exist in the skilled trades and technologies to students and apprentices in Canada. SCC will host several events throughout the year to promote skilled careers including SCNC Québec 2024 and National Skilled Trade and Technology Week 2024.

“The capabilities and talent demonstrated by participants at this competition is inspiring and the Canadian Armed Forces is pleased to support it once again by renewing our partnership with Skills/Compétences Canada. This event enables us to engage with individuals who have or want to develop specific technical skill sets that are right for them, and potentially a right fit for an exciting career opportunity in the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Colonel Nick Roby, Commander, Canadian Forces Recruiting Group.

On May 30 and 31 2024, labour groups, industry partners, government officials, educators, and youth will gather at the Centre de foires d’Expocité, in Québec, where over 500 students and apprentices will compete in more than 40 skilled trades and technologies. There will also be approximately 8,000 students from the Québec region in attendance at SCNC. In addition to watching the competitors, students will have the opportunity to participate in over 50 Try-A-Trade ® and Technology activities throughout the two-day event.

“Through events like the Skills Canada National Competition, our partners can inform tomorrow’s skilled workforce about the variety of careers that are available in the skilled trades and technologies. Thanks to partners like the Canadian Armed Forces we can host events that highlight the many diverse career pathways that are available to youth”, said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada.

According to a recent survey conducted by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, more than 60 percent of their member companies experienced recent economic losses due to skilled staff shortages. This generated approximately 13 billion dollars in financial losses and has made over 40 percent cancel planned expansion projects.


About Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are consistently ranked among the top 25 employers in Canada. All our members enjoy a range of prestigious full-and part-time career options in fields
like skilled trades, healthcare, law, IT and engineering, the possibility of specializing in your career, accelerated responsibilities and faster advancement opportunities than in the civilian
world, the chance to travel and work around the world, and a full range of enviable benefits and advantages. The Canadian Forces serve on the sea, on land, and in the air, with the Royal
Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. For more information, visit: forces.ca. #ThisIsForYou #Paid Education #Employment #CanadianArmedForces.


About Skills/Compétences Canada

Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization with member organizations in each of the provinces/territories that work with employers, educators, labour
groups and governments to promote skilled trade 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 trade and
technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trade awareness
programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills.

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Media Contact: Michèle Rogerson, micheler@skillscanada.com. T. 613-266-4771

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