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RBC Partners with Skills/Compétences Canada to Support the Next Generation of Skilled Workers

RBC will award the Best of Region recipients at this year’s Skills Canada National Competition

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 5, 2024 – Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively encourages youth to pursue a career in the skilled trades and technologies, is proud to announce that RBC, Canada’s largest bank, will continue their support through RBC Future Launch as the Best of Region Sponsor for the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) 2024, in Québec City. The RBC Best of Region Sponsor will honour Canadian youth again this year, as they continue to support the next generation of skilled trade and technology workers. This award will be given to the top scoring competitors from each province and territory. These champions will also receive a $1,500 cash award to be presented by an RBC representative at the closing ceremony.

“RBC is committed to strengthening the workforce of tomorrow by equipping People with Skills for a Thriving Future” said Mark Beckles, Vice President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC. “We are proud to sponsor the Skills Canada National Competition as it represents a fantastic opportunity to empower Canada’s youth to embrace the skilled trades and technologies.”

“We are very pleased that this national competition is taking place in Quebec this year, where over the course of several days, students from across the province will come together to learn and to showcase their respective skills,” explains Nadine Renaud-Tinker, Regional President, RBC in Quebec. “On behalf of team RBC, we wish all competitors the best of luck!”

At the Centre de foires d’Expocité, on May 30 and 31, 2024, over 500 competitors including future builders, plumbers, mechanics, journey-people, chefs, IT specialists and many more will be going head-to-head to become Canada’s champions. In addition, an estimated 8,000 students from all over the province will be invited to watch the competitions and participate in over 50 Try-A-TradeÒ and Technology activities throughout the two-day event.

“RBC’s dedication to empowering individuals in these essential fields aligns with our vision for a stronger, more skilled workforce. Through our support from RBC, we can make significant strides in promoting education, advancing expertise and creating opportunities within the skilled trades and technologies,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada.

According to a recent report released by Employment and Social Development Canada, it is projected that 700,000 skilled trade workers will retire by 2028, creating a growing shortage of skilled workers.

About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) 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. SCC 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. Follow SCC on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


 MEDIA CONTACT: Michèle Rogerson, micheler@skillscanada.com, T. 613-266-4771.

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