The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Signs on as the School Engagement Sponsor at SCNC 2019

Student visitors participate in a Try-A-Trade and Technology activity at the
2018 Skills Canada National Competition, in Edmonton.

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The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is supporting the participation of students from across Nova Scotia to attend the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax.

OTTAWA, Ontario, August 28, 2018 – Skills/Compétences Canada(SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, is proud to announce that the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with Skills/Compétences Canada to encourage students to attend the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). The next Skills Canada National Competition will be held May 27- 30, 2019, at the Halifax Exhibition Centre, marking the Competition’s 25thanniversary.

The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will be the School Engagement Sponsor at SCNC 2019. Through this partnership, schools will be able to access funding so that teachers and students from elementary to senior high school will be able to attend and participate in the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition. SCNC is a great opportunity to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to youth in Canada and to engage them in interactive activities which showcase these exciting careers. In recognition of
SCNC’s 25thanniversary, there will be a variety of related activities as well as special guests and industry celebrities onsite at the Halifax Exhibition Centre.

“This event prepares the students of today, for the demands of tomorrow. It gives them the opportunity to experience a wide range of career options so they can make informed decisions about their future,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Through this competition students will demonstrate the passion they have for a specific trade or technology, develop skills as critical thinkers and problem solvers, and be positive role models for other students who want to pursue a career in skilled trade or technology.”

Through the commitment of its’ many sponsors and suppliers, Skills/Compétences Canada is able to engage Canada’s future workforce at SCNC. At the 25thSkills Canada National Competition, over 550 secondary and post secondary students from across Canada will compete for the title of national champion in over 40 skilled trade and technology Skill Areas. Furthermore, approximately 7,500 student visitors will learn about these lucrative careers by participating in over 50 Try-A-Tradeâand Technology activities.

“The Skills Canada National Competition highlights the importance of having technical and digital skills for today’s evolving job market. It is because of partnerships like these that we are able to engage students and peak their interest about careers in skilled trades and technologies and demonstrate why these occupations are great career choices,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada.

About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization with partner Skills Canada organizations in each of the provinces/territories that work 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/Compétneces Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Michèle Rogerson, micheler@skillscanada.com, T. 343-883-7545 ext. 509 or 613-266-4771.