Skills for Success Forum



Supply and Demand of Skills: Reaching Diverse Communities
Keynote Speaker: David Isherwood, Martin Family Initiative

Skills for Success Forum
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
8:45am – 12:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

To register for this free event, contact Courtney Cardenas, Program Coordinator at courtneyc@skillscanada.com 


  • Teachers
  • Guidance Counsellors
  • Career Counsellors
  • HR Managers
  • Administrators
  • Parents


  • Meet fellow colleagues
  • Share experiences and learned from others
  • Roundtable discussion with industry stakeholders
  • Inspired to bring back information and make change
  • Meet experts in the field ofSkills for Success and trades and technology training
  • Opportunity to acquire new Skills for Success educational resources for your school or workplace


  • Apprentices with the Skills for Success they need for their trade are eight times more likely to pass their technical exams
  • The level of Skills for Success required in the skilled trade and technology careers is as high or higher than it is for many other jobs.
  • Employers report that graduates are coming to their workplace with only 30% of the skills needed for the job
  • Canadians aged 16-24 rank below average in their literacy and numeracy skills compared to 23 other countries (OECD, 2012)
  • Skills for Success are linked to better performance, which then leads to better quality work, productivity, and retention.
  • In Canada, about 28% of your earnings is directly related to your Skills for Success

Having an employee with a higher level of the Skills for Success is much more valuable to potential employers because the individual will have:

  • the ability to work in a team setting
  • a greater aptitude in problem solving
  • better customer service skills
  • an ability to adapt to change
  • an advanced knowledge of numerical skills, including estimation, budgeting and calibrations
  • an attention to safety

Skills shortages remain a significant challenge for Canada. Our country supports initiatives that help ensure Canadians have the Skills for Success needed to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

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