Held in conjunction with the Skills Canada National Competition, the Essential Skills Youth Forum (ESYF) provides a venue for young adults, aged 18-22, to discuss current Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) programming.
The theme for the 2018 ESYF is innovation and automation: how it affects the future of the Canadian workforce and Essential Skills. Facilitating the group this year is Alex Musial, Conference and Projects Manager at WorldSkills. Alex joined WorldSkills in 2013 as Conference Coordinator. She currently manages the bi-annual WorldSkills Champions Forum and Conference.
Previous Youth Forum participants Leanna McArthur (PEI) and Dominique Ouellet (NB) will be the team leads to spearhead this initiative.
The goal is to gather recommendations–from the voices at the table, who represent various regions across the country–on how to improve SCC activities. Conversations are guided by predetermined criteria and vary from year to year. Results from the Forum mould a blueprint for SCC’s and its member organizations’ steps forward, allowing them to more effectively reflect today’s youth and the current trades and technologies landscape.
The ESYF is more than just a one-time platform for dialogue; it becomes a think tank of talented youth talking about those engaged in trades and technologies in Canada.
The Forum has a lasting legacy–it sparks networking opportunities where strong relationships are formed and serves as a space where leadership potential is unveiled.